Posted May 03, 2013

Report: Penn State, UCF discussing 2014 season opener in Ireland

Bill O'Brien, George O'Leary, Penn State Nittany Lions, UCF Knights
(Centre Daily Times/MCT/Getty Images)

State College and Dublin are approximately 3,333 miles apart, which should make for a nice pregame warmup for Bill O’Brien and company. (Centre Daily Times/MCT/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

Another college football season opener in Ireland could be in the works. After Notre Dame and Navy squared off in Dublin last fall, Penn State and Central Florida are discussing the option of opening the 2014 season against one another in Ireland, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien and Knights coach George O’Leary are both of Irish heritage and have talked about the possibility of a matchup across the pond for months. The game would serve as the second half of a previously scheduled home-and-home, with the first meeting taking place this Sept. 14 in State College.

Logistics of the potential contest are still being discussed, including the selection of a stadium in Dublin. “We have talked to [Penn State] about being a potential opponent, but we are far from an agreement,” David Hansen, UCF senior associate athletics director for internal operations, told the Sentinel. “Logistically, it’s not easy.”

Notre Dame beat Navy 50-10 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, one of the venues under consideration for the Penn State-UCF opener. The Knights are mulling the financial trade-off of scheduling the game, as it could cost the school upwards of $1 million, a source told the Sentinel.

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