Notre Dame Wants to Postpone 2019-20 Texas Games

By Kevin Kelley -
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Notre Dame wants to move two future games vs. Texas. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Yesterday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish announced a future football series with the Georgia Bulldogs for the 2017 and 2019 seasons.

The series is a good one for two reasons. First, an SEC team is traveling north to take on a big-time program in their own stadium. Second, the Fighting Irish get to play in the Southeast, in this case the recruiting rich state of Georgia.

But the addition of the Georgia game in 2019 has caused a problem with Notre Dame’s previously scheduled four-game series with the Texas Longhorns.

In the third game of the series, Notre Dame is scheduled to play in Austin on August 31, 2019. But since they are now playing at Georgia the same season, the Irish want to postpone the 2019 and 2020 games to later seasons.

Notre Dame senior associate athletic director for media and broadcast relations John Heisler told the South Bend Tribune yesterday that they have informed Texas of their desire to move the games.

“We’re hopeful that we can move those games somewhere down the road into the next decade,” Heisler said. “We’re trying to create as much variety as we possibly can and let our fans see as many teams as they can.”

With Notre Dame scheduled to play five ACC teams per season, plus Navy, Stanford, and USC, they only have four other games to schedule in any given season. And they also have several future games to play against Michigan State and Purdue and four more games contracted against BYU.

That doesn’t leave a lot of variety in their scheduling, so it’s easy to see why the Irish want to space out the series with Texas.

If the two games are moved rather than canceled, look for them to fall somewhere between 2021 and 2025 or 2028-29.

On a side note, ESPN reported yesterday that one of the Notre Dame-Texas games was set for 2017. There’s likely some miscommunication there or one of the games was moved without an announcement. We’ve reached out to both schools for clarification.

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12 Comments to Notre Dame Wants to Postpone 2019-20 Texas Games

  1. somedude1981 said....

    Here is the deal

    1. ND is contractually obligated to provide NBC with 7 televised games each season. This means that ND cannot schedule more than 5 true road games on any given season.

    2. ND has a quasi conference schedule each season consisting of 5 ACC opponents, USC, Stanford and Navy. This is split up into 4 home and 4 road games every season, starting in 2015.

    3. ND can schedule 4 additional games each season however only 1 of those match ups can be a true road game. Hence ND could not play at Georgia and Texas in 2019.

    June 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm
    • tkillian said....

      notre dame plays 6 home games a year.. have been doing so for years. they play 6 this year and 6 next year.

      July 7, 2014 at 12:46 am
  2. Jason said....

    It will be interesting to see how Texas handles this. The new Texas AD is the former ASU AD who didn’t give into ND when the Irish didn’t want to go to Arizona.

    June 26, 2014 at 7:06 pm
  3. SniffMeLeftNutSac said....

    I would rather see Notre Dame play Texas, than some crap team in the ACC.
    Hey Notre Dame, MANUP, and play both Texas and Georgia in the same year!!

    June 26, 2014 at 7:26 pm
    • ag80 said....

      ND doesn’t want to get stuck playing some crap team on the LHN.

      June 29, 2014 at 12:34 am
    • Atlanta_Mafia said....

      RE: “some crap team in the ACC” – Really? LMFAO!
      Yep, some crap team in the LHN would be so much better to ensure a ND win! Right?

      June 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm
  4. Lost in Va. said....

    now maybe Texas will speak w/Tex A&M….

    June 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    • Atlanta_Mafia said....

      Nope! They’re still to scared and they can still use the “its our decision now” bit!

      June 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm
  5. Larry Auth said....

    Why the hell would anybody be scared to play A&M; a second tier, pretty much irrelevant program that has a decent season every 10 years or so.

    July 24, 2014 at 6:09 am
  6. Larry Jones said....

    We’ll see if Texas agrees to this. I hope they don’t; ND signed a contract to play Texas, so they should play Texas.

    August 15, 2014 at 2:24 am
  7. Robert said....

    Just would like to state that Texas has won 76 of the schools’ 118 meetings. Texas refusing to play is not a matter of “fear”. Because of the unethical way atm left the conference while OU and Texas (the daddys of the Big 12; atm usually finished near the bottom of the conference) were having re-alignment discussions, Texas and OU boycotted the ags as a means to punish a&m causing them to lose at least half of the revenue they generate from playing the Horns and the Sooners every year.

    September 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm
    • Jason said....

      Just would like to state that a lot of those victories were played when the Aggies were off at war protecting longhorns to stay arrogant. End everything else about your statements are false as well.

      September 25, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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