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.
“I don’t know how in the world we got in the conversation of a Notre Dame schedule, but we’re all for playing Notre Dame or whoever else,” Richt said.
Now, Georgia and Notre Dame are talking about scheduling a home-and-home series, athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Tuesday.
“We have conversations with a lot of different institutions,” said McGarity, who said nothing is in writing about the series. “Notre Dame’s one of them, but there are others involved, too. It’s not like it’s just limited to this. We’ve got several opportunities out there in the future.”
CBSSports.com reported the schools were working to finalize a home-and-home series, perhaps in 2018-19. McGarity wouldn’t pin down any specific years.
“When situations are right, they’re right,” McGarity said. “It’s all wide open.”
Georgia and Notre Dame have played once before, a 17-10 Bulldogs win in the Sugar Bowl to end the 1980 national championship season.
“That would be an appealing game for everyone, just as a lot of other schools that we’re talking to,” McGarity said.
“First of all, we’ve got to determine how many games we’re playing in the SEC down the road (eight or nine). That’s the first order of business.”
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.
“Periodically, it’s good to play these kind of nonconference games,” McGarity said. “Whenever we schedule a game whether it’s them or someone else, it’s just periodic in nature. Does that mean every three or four years? I don’t know. It’s just what feels right and what’s best for our program.”