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Friday, July 27, 2007
Notre Dame, Oklahoma finalize deal for two-game series

Associated Press

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 roots.

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.