By Zac Ellis
Right on the heels of Thursday's news that Notre Dame and NBC have extended their television partnership through the 2025 season, reports have surfaced surrounding a potential big-time opponent for the Fighting Irish in 2014.
According to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame is set to face off against Louisville during the 2014 season.
And, talking down-the-line schedules, #NBC exec Jon Miller mentioned that #NotreDame will play #Louisville in yet-to-be-released 2014 slate.
— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) April 18, 2013
Louisville and Notre Dame are each coming off successful 2012 campaigns. The Irish reached the BCS national championship game for the first time since 1988, while the Cardinals upset heavily favored Florida in the Sugar Bowl. If both programs stay the course, their reported 2014 meeting could shape up as a Top 25 clash.
In related news, Louisville will officially be a member of the ACC for the first time in 2014, and the Cardinals are preparing for the facelift by installing new turf at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville sports information director Rocco Gasparro tweeted a picture of the turf's proposed design on Thursday.
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is getting a new FieldTurf surface for the 2013 season. Here is the new field design twitpic.com/ck9nun — Rocco_GasparroULFB (@Rocco_Gasparro) April 18, 2013