A week after the dates were announced for the long talked about Notre Dame-Miami series, Notre Dame fans got more good scheduling news with rumors of an upcoming series with Texas starting as soon as 2015.
Orangebloods.com broke the news of the potential series on Tuesday and several media outlets have picked up on the news since then. There aren’t many details available this time, but reports suggest that it would be a four game series. It’s not known whether the games would be home and home series or if off-site locations could be involved.
Notre Dame and Texas haven’t played since 1996 when the two traditional powers played a home and home over the course of the ’95 and ’96 seasons. Notre Dame won both contests including a dramatic, last minute victory in 1996 over the 6th ranked Longhorns. Autry Denson converted a 4th and goal option pitch from Ron Powlus to tie the game with three minutes to go before true freshman kicker Jim Sanson booted the game winning 39 yard field goal as time expired.
Overall, the two have played a total of 10 times with Notre Dame holdng an 8-2 advantage over the Lognhorns. Three of the meetings took place in the Cotton Bowl with the most memorable being Notre Dame’s 38-10 victory that propelled them to the 1977 National Championship.
Should this series happen, Jack Swarbrick deserves some props from Notre Dame fans. He recently finalized the deal to add three games with Miami to upcoming schedules and Notre Dame is still slated to play Oklahoma in 2012 as well.
Swarbrick has done a heck of a job improving the quality of Notre Dame’s schedule in a short time. He gets a lot of undeserved blame for the 2010 schedule since the last few opponents were added on his watch, but his predecessor left him in a horrible position with open dates on this year’s slate.
Scheduling big name opponents takes time and these last two additions prove that. The Miami series was two years in the making and won’t happen for another two seasons. Should the series with Texas come to fruition, it won’t be for another five seasons.