It’s official, two of the most storied College Football Programs will meet once again starting in 2015. Notre Dame will host the Longhorns on September 5, 2015 and September 12, 2020 season. Texas will host the Irish on September 3, 2016 and August 31, 2019 season. The two schools have been in talks for quite some time about renewing this series. But, on Thursday the official word was announced. Texas ranks second on the NCCA all-time wins list (845) while Notre Dame ranks third (837).
“We have a wonderful relationship with Notre Dame, and (AD) Jack (Swarbrick) and I have become great friends,” said DeLoss Dodds, Texas Men’s Athletics Director. “I really admire and respect him and am excited we were able to pull this off. Texas and Notre Dame have met in a lot of great games over the years and I was lucky enough to be here for the series we had with them in 1995 and ’96. Those games created a lot of interest and we’ve had a number of talks over the years to try to do it again. Football scheduling is always challenging so we’re happy that we found a place on both teams’ schedules to pull it off. When you match up two schools with so much pride, tradition and history, it’s an event that everyone enjoys being a part of and we’ll all really looking forward to.”
“We are so excited we were able to schedule a four-game series with Notre Dame,” Texas Coach Mack Brown said. “I love college football history and nobody has more historical programs than Texas and Notre Dame. The renewal of this rivalry should be a lot of fun to be a part of and something that college football fans across the country can really enjoy.”
The series with Notre Dame began back in 1913 with Notre Dame winning 30-7. They began playing each other nine more times with Irish winning eight of these contests. Their last time facing each other was in Austin, in 1996. The Irish have won the last two match-ups against Texas (95,96 season); with the last Texas win coming in 1969.
“Starting a series with the Texas Longhorns is great not just for Notre Dame, but college football, and we couldn’t be happier about it,” said Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly. “When I look at the job Coach Brown has done at Texas in reviving a once proud tradition, I see many parallels to what our staff plans to do at Notre Dame.”
No word yet on which stadium these games will be played at, or who will have the television rights. As for now the joy of having two of College Footballs’ greatest teams playing each other once again is the main story.
Austin Times Staff
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