Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Notre Dame to host UMass in 2015
By Matt Fortuna
Charley Molnar will return to Notre Dame in three years, just wearing different colors.
The Irish will host their former offensive coordinator, Massachusetts' new head coach, in 2015, UMass announced this past weekend. The game is one of many the Minutemen, who begin their first season as a Football Bowl Subdivision program this fall, will play against name programs.
Notre Dame will host the Minutemen on Sept. 26, 2015. The Irish had been scheduled to host Temple on that date, but a Temple official said that the game has been pushed back to Sept. 2, 2017.
The Irish's tentative schedule for 2015 -- with extra emphasis on the word tentative -- includes games against Texas, at Michigan, at Purdue, against Navy, against USC, against Wake Forest, at Pitt, against Syracuse, at Stanford and at Boston College.
UMass, meanwhile, has been ambitious in its jump to college football's highest level, scheduling games against schools from every BCS conference except the Big East, plus Notre Dame. Already slated to face Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan and Vanderbilt this fall, the program has added games over the following eight seasons against Wisconsin, Kansas State, Boston College, Colorado, Penn State and Florida, with games in place through 2019.