When Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly called Georgia a natural matchup last year, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt was open to the idea of going up against the Fighting Irish.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know how in the world we got in the conversation of a Notre Dame schedule, but we‚Äôre all for playing Notre Dame or whoever else,‚Äù Richt said.
Now, Georgia and Notre Dame are talking about scheduling a home-and-home series, athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Tuesday.
‚ÄúWe have conversations with a lot of different institutions,‚Äù said McGarity, who said nothing is in writing about the series. ‚ÄúNotre Dame‚Äôs one of them, but there are others involved, too. It‚Äôs not like it‚Äôs just limited to this. We‚Äôve got several opportunities out there in the future.‚Äù
CBSSports.com reported the schools were working to finalize a home-and-home series, perhaps in 2018-19. McGarity wouldn‚Äôt pin down any specific years.
‚ÄúWhen situations are right, they‚Äôre right,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs all wide open.‚Äù
Georgia and Notre Dame have played once before, a 17-10 Bulldogs win in the Sugar Bowl to end the 1980 national championship season.
‚ÄúThat would be an appealing game for everyone, just as a lot of other schools that we‚Äôre talking to,‚Äù McGarity said.
‚ÄúFirst of all, we‚Äôve got to determine how many games we‚Äôre playing in the SEC down the road (eight or nine). That‚Äôs the first order of business.‚Äù
Georgia has had some high-profile nonconference games scheduled in future years that ended up getting scrapped.
Games with Ohio State slated for 2020-2021 were cancelled in 2012 and a home-and-home with Oregon for 2015-16 set up in 2006 was called off in 2010 after McGarity became athletic director.
‚ÄúPeriodically, it‚Äôs good to play these kind of nonconference games,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúWhenever we schedule a game whether it‚Äôs them or someone else, it‚Äôs just periodic in nature. Does that mean every three or four years? I don‚Äôt know. It‚Äôs just what feels right and what‚Äôs best for our program.‚Äù