Report: Arizona State still plans on hosting Notre Dame in 2014

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer

Will the leprechaun make it to Tempe in 2014? (USATSI)
Will the leprechaun make it to Tempe in 2014? (USATSI)

Last week's news that Notre Dame has dropped Arizona State from its 2014 schedule is not going over well in Tempe, according to a report on Tuesday from Arizona Central.

As of now, ASU plans on holding the Irish to the contract that was signed between the two schools back in 2008, which set up a 2014 contest at Sun Devil Stadium and a 2017 game in South Bend.

ASU officials first learned of Notre Dame's intent to cancel the 2014 game last Friday through a phone call to the school's media relations office, which handles the bulk of football scheduling. Later that evening, the university issued a statement that read: “As far as Arizona State University is concerned we still have a valid contract with the University of Notre Dame to play football in 2014. We look forward to hosting them at Sun Devil Stadium.”

The agreement cites "an act of God, a national crisis, or other events beyond the control of the host institution" as grounds for canceling the game. ASU hasn't received anything in writing from Notre Dame as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, a report has come out that the Irish could play Florida State in place of the Sun Devils.

Losing Notre Dame from its schedule would force ASU to absorb a big financial hit, especially since the school has already begun marketing the game. While a resolution to the issue should come in the next month, it could leave the Sun Devils scrambling for a replacement game just 18 months out from the scheduled date. The 2017 game could also be in jeopardy.

Whatever the case, ASU and the Irish will meet in Arlington this coming Oct. 5 as part of Notre Dame's "Shamrock Series."

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