According to a report in the Tulsa World, Notre Dame and the Tulsa are very close to agreeing to play each other in 2010 in Notre Dame Stadium.
As reported Monday on tulsaworld.com , TU is close to finalizing a deal with Notre Dame for an Oct. 30 game at South Bend, Ind.
“The two universities are in discussions to play football in the 2010 season,” said Don Tomkalski, TU associate athletic director for communications. “No contract has been signed.”
It is believed the parties have agreed in principle to the game.
Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune added today that the game would be played in late October.
Other rumors over the past two days have said that Notre Dame is also close to adding TCU as well to fill out the 2010 schedule. Because of the 7-4-1 scheduling format Notre Dmae strives for, these are the kind of matchups that we’ll be looking at each year.
Blue and Gold Illusteated reported on Tuesday that these additions would be good for the Irish schedule in 2010. Notre Dame currently has an open spot on the roster on October 30.
And that’s why Tulsa and potentially TCU are great gets for Swarbrick and Notre Dame. Tulsa finished 11-3 last season, beat Ball State 45-13 in its bowl game, and finished No. 42 in the final Sagarin rankings, 11 spots ahead of Notre Dame. TCU went 11-2 last season, beat Boise State 17-16 in its bowl game, and finished No. 7 in the final Sagarin rankings, one spot ahead of Penn State. Those are a couple of solid opponents, if Swarbrick can get them both.
These are definitely not “great gets” for Notre Dame at all and it has nothing to do with the quality of either Tulsa or TCU as an opponent. They aren’t great gets for Notre Dame because it puts the Irish in a no win situation. If Notre Dame beats Tulsa and/or TCU no one will raise an eye brow since Notre Dame should win those games. If Notre Dame looses to either team it will be a big deal.
Adding TCU and Tulsa to 2010 schedule would also give Notre Dame fans the following exciting slate of home games to attend.
- September 4 – Purdue
- September 11 – Michigan
- September 25 – Stanford
- October 9 – Pittsburgh
- October 30 – Tulsa (potentially)
- November 13 – Utah
- November 20 – Army (Yankee Stadium)
- TCU (potentially)
That’s not exactly the kind of list of games that is going to be setting any ticket request records. Outside of Michigan, which is coming off a 3-9 season, there isn’t a single marquee home matchup.