Friday, July 27, 2007
Notre Dame, Oklahoma finalize deal for two-game series
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma and Notre Dame
are planning for two football games, one in Norman in 2012 and one
in South Bend, Ind., in 2013.
Kenny Mossman, Oklahoma's sports information director, said the
two schools are in discussions but have not signed a contract,
while Notre Dame sports information director John Heisler said his
school "has reached a deal with OU" to play the two contests.
Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White previously announced
that Oklahoma would replace Michigan for two years after the
current contract between Notre Dame and Michigan expires in 2011.
White said the goal was to play in different parts of the
country in an attempt to return Notre Dame to its independent
Heisler said his school has wanted to play the Sooners again
ever since the two teams met in 1999 in South Bend. Notre Dame won
that game 34-30. It was the first time the two schools had played
in 31 years.
"We've been talking about this for a long time," Heisler said.
"It was just complicated."
Notre Dame has an 8-1 record against the Sooners.
Notre Dame's victory in 1957 in Norman ended Oklahoma's
NCAA-record 47-game winning streak.