Arizona State University has reached an agreement to keep its 2014 game against Notre Dame. The game will now be played two weeks later than scheduled on November 8, at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium.
ASU Vice President for Athletics Steve Patterson told AZCentral Sports: “The key for us was given the proximity of time to the date next year, we wanted to be able to maintain playing Notre Dame at home for our fans and student-athletes”
The issue first arose on April 5 this year, when Notre Dame informed ASU that it wanted to cancel the game due to its new schedule requirements since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in sports other than football. Fighting Irish’s agreement with the ACC means it would still have to play five ACC football games starting in 2014.
As part of the new agreement, the schools have agreed to drop their 2017 matchup, Patterson went on to say there is “plenty of time to work on something that would fill the bill nicely” for a new opponent to replace the Notre Dame game in 2017.
It is likely Notre Dame had no choice but to come to an agreement with Arizona State as according to AZCentral Sports, the game could only be cancelled due to “an act of God, a national crisis, or other events beyond the control of the host institution.
ASU and the Fighting Irish are due to play this upcoming season at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on October 5. This has not been affected by the new agreement between the two schools.