Georgia and Notre Dame officially announce a home-and-home series. Georgia will travel to South Bend on September 9, 2017, and the Irish will travel to Athens on September 21, 2019.
“This series will generate an overwhelming level of excitement for our student-athletes and supporters,” Greg McGarity said in a statement. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Notre Dame and look forward to the start of this memorable experience.”
The series has been talked about this entire offseason, and Notre Dame has had the state of Georgia in its sights for quite some time now, considering loads of SEC talent are Peach State prospects.
In April, Georgia AD Greg McGarity acknowledged there have been talks about the game, but he cautioned that nothing was in writing yet and no official agreement had been met.
“I think it’d be great for the University of Georgia if we were able to make it happen,” McGarity said about the potential game in April.
Alabama was the last SEC team to face Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship game and embarrassed the Irish 42-14. Tennessee was the last SEC team to play Notre Dame during the 2005 regular season and lost 41-21.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly stated in May that the Irish wanted an SEC team on the schedule.
“No I don’t think that that’s something that’s too hard. I think one of our wishes, Jack (Swarbrick, Notre Dame AD) and I, is that we want to get an SEC team on our schedule,” Kelly said. “The discussions have been to include an SEC opponent, and we want one that we feel makes sense, that has a very good geographical draw for us in the SEC.
“If you look around we’re in Florida already with Florida State, so I think you can probably figure out pretty easily what SEC (team) would be the best draw for us as it relates to recruiting and an alumni base.”
Notre Dame’s wish is now finalized.
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