Florida State and Notre Dame will meet in 2014

Florida State and Notre Dame will meet in 2014

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida State and Notre Dame will play in Tallahassee in 2014.

ACC commissioner John Swofford confirmed the news to FSU administrators Friday afternoon, according to reports.

No date has been announced, but the teams were reportedly exploring weekend of Sept. 20. Notre Dame has also has openings Oct. 18 and Nov. 22.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl. In that game, Florida State came from behind to defeat the Irish 18-14.

Last week, Notre Dame officials reportedly called Arizona State to back out of their Oct. 25 commitment.

Reports that Notre Dame was exploring a game with Florida State surfaced on Tuesday. Naturally, that drew the ire of Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson.

“Our position is ‘Hey, we’ve got a contract,’ and we expect Notre Dame to live up to it,” Patterson said during an interview with Phoenix radio station XTRA Sports 910 AM..

Patterson didn’t like how Notre Dame went about trying to get out of the game.

“The school didn’t have the courtesy to have the athletic director (Jack Swarbrick) call the athletic director at ASU to discuss it,” Patterson said. “They had their PR guy call (ASU’s media relations office) to give us a message Friday afternoon while everybody was out of town at the Final Four.

“At least in the little Catholic town I grew up in — Beaver Dam, Wis. — the good nuns wouldn’t have thought that was a very appropriate way to honor your word.”

In 2008, Notre Dame and Arizona State signed an agreement to play a home-and-home series, with Notre Dame going to Tempe in 2014 and ASU playing the return game at South Bend in 2017.

In a separate agreement, the two are slated to meet on Oct. 5 of this year in Cowboys Stadium as part of the “Shamrock Series” for Notre Dame. This season’s game, as well as the 2017 game, is not in jeopardy.

Photo credit: Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel

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