With Notre Dame football diving into its first wave of the ACC-infused schedule in 2014, the Irish are hitting a road block with the Pac-12′s Arizona State, a team it’s had penned in since 2008.
Reports sprung up that Notre Dame dropped the Sun Devils from its 2014 schedule to make room for a meeting with Florida State that same year, but that was news to Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson.
And he isn’t happy.
Patterson appeared on XTRA Sports 910 on April 10 and discussed his dissatisfaction with how Notre Dame has handled its business with his school.
“The school didn’t have the courtesy to have the athletic director (Jack Swarbrick) to call the athletic director at ASU to discuss it,” Patterson said. “Their PR guy called (Arizona State associate athletic director) Mark Brand on Friday afternoon while everyone was out of town at the Final Four. At least in the little Catholic town that I grew up in in Beaver Dam, Wis., the good nuns wouldn’t have thought that was a very appropriate way to honor your word.”
And if Notre Dame had spoken directly to Patterson?
“We could have at least been able to discuss the situation,” Patterson said. “It would have been a professional way to operate.”
For Patterson’s full comments, visit an archive of the interview here. His comments about Notre Dame start at about the 3:40 mark.
Notre Dame hasn’t made an official announcement on the status of the game one way or the other.
The Irish and the Sun Devils are set to meet in Dallas on Oct. 5 this year as part of Notre Dame’s annual Shamrock Series game.
And as for the 2014 meeting in Tempe, Ariz.? As far as Patterson is concerned, it’s still on.
“We’re playing the game,” he said. “Oct. 25 (2014), Notre Dame is gonna be here. We’re gonna play football.”