Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly: We want an SEC team on our schedule

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All conferences around college football love to hate Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish is a part of college football lore, and teams love playing them…and they love beating them.

It was reported in early April that Georgia and Notre Dame were working to finalize a home-and-home series, and Georgia AD Greg McGarity acknowledged there had been talks about the game. But he added it was in no way a done deal.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly joined Bruce Feldman’s new podcast to talk college football. Feldman specifically asked him about playing the SEC and ‘mention of Georgia’ and whether or not he’d push to play a game against the league, and Kelly said he and Irish AD Jack Swarbrick want to make it happen.

“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.”

Kelly reiterates his stance on playing Georgia, and it seems both parties are working out the details.

Alabama was the last SEC team to face Notre Dame and embarrassed the Irish 42-14 in the 2013 BCS National Championship game. Tennessee was the last SEC team to play Notre Dame during the 2005 regular season and lost 41-21.

[H/T @FBSchedules]

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  • “Nobody, and I mean nobody, comes into our house, and pushes us around”, Dan Devine, legendary Missouri Coach then Notre Dame.

  • LSU beat them in the 2007 Sugar Bowl 41-14

  • Dan Devine earned his wins, and a lot of big ones at Missouri. I didn’t follow him as closely after he went to Notre Dame but somebody thought he was good enough to coach in the NFL. As for Notre Dame and home refs, I guess they’re not paying enough lately because they get beat some and don’t win convincingly even at home. It is the media that over-rates them. They sure didn’t belong in the NC two years ago. Still every program has had coaches you have to be able to appreciate to be a real college football fan. Bryant, Devine, Osborne, Snyder, and so many many more. It’s not the program that made them, it was the other way around. That’s why I pointed out that Devine took Missouri to the top of the rankings and then did pretty well at Notre Dame after that.

  • Would love to see Auburn vs Notre Dame. Have never played.

  • Devine – 0 Dooley – 1

  • If nothing else, we were their only loss during their 1977 national championship season.

  • Don’t Sang it, Brang it!

  • I would love to see Ole Miss beat ND’s ass. That’s one team I will never root for. They are overrated ever year and they don’t deserve any of the hype they get. Also, they get whatever they want.

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