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ASU AD unhappy with possible Notre Dame game cancellation

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Arizona State may have to replace Notre Dame on their 2014 schedule. (USATSI)
Arizona State might have to replace Notre Dame on its 2014 schedule. (USATSI)

This week, it was reported that Florida State would host Notre Dame during the 2014 season -- the Fighting Irish's first as partial ACC members. The school's scheduling agreement with the ACC could lead to Arizona State getting dropped from the 2014 schedule.

Reports surfaced this month that Arizona State might get dropped from Notre Dame's 2014 schedule, but nothing has been made official at this point. The Fighting Irish and Sun Devils are scheduled to play in Tempe on Oct. 25, 2014. However, Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson said Notre Dame has expressed interest in making a change to the schools' agreement. Patterson described the situation on 910 AM in Phoenix on Wednesday.

"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."

Arizona State and Notre Dame entered a contractual agreement in 2008 that still includes the 2014 date along with a game in South Bend in 2017. Both teams are scheduled to play in 2013 as well, facing off Oct. 5 in Cowboys Stadium as part of Notre Dame's "Shamrock Series."

"If you act in a professional way and you want to talk about three years down the line or four years down the line where somebody's got a chance to make an adjustment in their schedule, that's a different thing. But when it's 18 months out, everybody's got their season booked," Patterson said in the interview.

It is true that Arizona State could be left scrambling for a quality non-conference opponent in 2014. The Sun Devils are slated to play Weber State at home and New Mexico on the road in addition to the nine-game Pac-12 schedule. The school could end up seeking damages if Notre Dame drops the game, considering the potential revenue boost that comes with a visit from the nationally recognized Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame's reasons for moving the Arizona State game off the 2014 schedule are likely tied to its partial membership with the ACC. The Fighting Irish are scheduled to play Syracuse and Pittsburgh in 2014 with Florida State reportedly getting added as well. Notre Dame still needs to add two more ACC opponents to meet its scheduling agreement with the conference.

"It looks like we're kind of in the home stretch here," Notre Dame associate athletic director John Heisler told the South Bend Tribune on Wednesday, "but the reality is we have more games than we could play."

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