Alabama AD Greg Byrne shoots down rumors of Notre Dame game in 2020
So much for Alabama vs. Notre Dame in the 2020 regular season.
The Fighting Irish were recently mentioned as a possible Week 1 replacement opponent on the Crimson Tide schedule on Friday by Gary Stokan, who oversees the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Series. In a radio interview with Thom Abraham, Stokan mentioned the possibility of the two teams playing in Tuscaloosa, South Bend or Dallas in Week 1. Alabama was supposed to open the season in Dallas against USC but the game has been canceled after the Pac-12 decided on a conference-only schedule for 2020.
Saturday morning, Byrne put the rumors to rest. The Alabama athletic director quoted Abraham’s Friday tweet and said that he is looking forward to the future home-and-home series between the 2 historic programs but the teams will not be meeting in 2020.
The programs agreed to a 2028-2029 home-and-home series back in 2018. Alabama is set to travel to South Bend in 2028 and host Notre Dame in Tuscaloosa the following year.
As for Alabama’s 2020 schedule, Byrne and UA administrators may be waiting until the SEC makes a decision on the fall schedule by the end of the month. The conference is reportedly considering various options, including a conference-only season as well as the planned 8-game conference slate plus other games against Power 5 opponents.
Looking forward to our future H&H series w/ @NDFootball.
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) July 18, 2020