News is trickling out of SEC country, with multiple reports saying official word on the Georgia-Notre Dame home-and-home series is imminent. The Atlanta Journal Constitution cites various reports, with official news of the series coming by the end of the week.
The matchup between Georgia and Notre Dame is hardly new news, with both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick speaking about a potential game against the Bulldogs multiple times. Both have expressed a desire to get an SEC opponent on the schedule, while also getting into the Atlanta area, fertile recruiting territory for the Irish staff.
The AJC report cites a radio interview with a member of the Georgia athletic department saying an announcement could happen by the end of the week.
Mike Cavan, a special assistant to Athletic Director Greg McGarity and former college football coach, hinted of a “big scheduling announcement” from Georgia later week while appearing as a guest on “The Bulldog Roundtable” radio show on 680 The Fan on Wednesday morning. After the show, its host Buck Belue tweeted that the opponent was Notre Dame.
McGarity has also gone on the record discussing a series with the Irish, reuniting the two proud programs for the first time since the Sugar Bowl after the 1980 regular season.
“I think it’s an opponent we’ve played, what, one time 1980?” McGarity told the AJC. “For our fans to be able to go up to South Bend, and for our fans to see Notre Dame play between the hedges, I think from a national perspective it’d be off the charts, as far as interest, as far as intrigue. That would be something out of the ordinary that our fans would be very, very excited about.”
Notre Dame begins their first season playing an ACC-aligned schedule in 2014, the cause of major restructuring in future football slates. But with a series starting with Texas in 2015, signing up another big program for a series that begins after 2017 sounds about right.