ASU AD goes after Notre Dame for possibly dumping Sun Devils
By Zac Ellis
On Tuesday, news broke that Notre Dame was adding Florida State to its upcoming ACC schedule for 2014. The Irish are joining the ACC in every sport except football, but will still play five football games against ACC teams in their inaugural season.
Alongside that news came word that Notre Dame might be dropping Arizona State from its 2014 slate. According to Fox Sports Arizona, neither team has made anything official, so as of now the two programs are still slated to face off in Tempe on Oct. 25, 2014. But Sun Devils athletic director Steve Patterson didn't let that stop him from opening up on Notre Dame's apparent disinterest in keeping his program on its schedule.
In an interview with Phoenix radio station XTRA Sports 910 AM, Patterson went after Notre Dame's manner of handling business:
"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. At least in the little Catholic town I grew up in -- Beaver Dam, Wis. -- the good nuns wouldn’t have thought that was a very appropriate way to honor your word."
"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."
The Irish say they are still working out their 2014 schedule. Interestingly, Arizona State and Notre Dame are slated to play this season on Oct. 5 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. If this quarrel continues, that game will take on a whole new storyline. Will it continue, though? At least one college football pundit thinks the Sun Devils should get over the rejection: