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UCF, Penn State nearing Ireland game

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07:16 AM ET 07.10 | The Emerald Isle will, apparently, again open its shores to NCAA football. UCF has finalized an agreement to play Penn State in Ireland in 2014, a source with knowledge of the deal told the Sentinel. Organizers will make an official announcement with details about the game on Sunday, the source said. The game will be played at Croke Park in Dublin. Travel packages for fans will be unveiled in conjunction with Sunday's announcement. Croke Park has a history dating back more than 100 years. Located in north Dublin, the stadium has a capacity of 82,300 and is home of the Gaelic games. Knights coach George O???Leary has spoken publicly about the trip, noting during a fan event in May that the game would be "a great experience for our program."

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July 10, 2013  07:47 AM ET

I think this is a chance for PSU to skate around the "bowl ban".....having the chance to play in such an exotic location (for CFB anyway) is akin to a bowl game. I wonder if the NCAA will have something to say about this.

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July 10, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think this is a chance for PSU to skate around the "bowl ban".....having the chance to play in such an exotic location (for CFB anyway) is akin to a bowl game. I wonder if the NCAA will have something to say about this.

Excellent observation.

July 10, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think this is a chance for PSU to skate around the "bowl ban".....having the chance to play in such an exotic location (for CFB anyway) is akin to a bowl game. I wonder if the NCAA will have something to say about this.

I agree they are skating around the bowl ban, and if the NCAA isn't going to do anything about it, the B1G should. I cannot understand why Delaney hasn't intervened.

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July 10, 2013  09:55 AM ET

If ND can play a "regular season game" against Navy in Ireland, then so can UCF & PSU. By the book, it is not a Bowl game, or even a preseason extra game. It's a regular schedule game at a neutral site. Let 'em play.

If Delany attempts to interfere, retire him from the B1G.

July 10, 2013  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I think this is a chance for PSU to skate around the "bowl ban".....having the chance to play in such an exotic location (for CFB anyway) is akin to a bowl game. I wonder if the NCAA will have something to say about this.

Might also add that there isn't a lick of an Irish connection in this game other than the two head coaches' last names (O'Brien and O'Leary).

HiYa, TZ. Wet enough up there in C-bus?

July 10, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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I agree they are skating around the bowl ban, and if the NCAA isn't going to do anything about it, the B1G should. I cannot understand why Delaney hasn't intervened.

Didn't someone on probation used to schedule their last non-conf game against Hawaii?? Same concept and I think they took scrutinty for it?

Anyone remember who that was?

July 10, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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HiYa, TZ. Wet enough up there in C-bus?

Wazzup GTH! It was noted yesterday we've had 22 straight days of some rain! (only 18 more to go before the Ark starts floating!) A lot of people are underwater....and the forecast is still calling for more rain.

July 10, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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Didn't someone on probation used to schedule their last non-conf game against Hawaii?? Same concept and I think they took scrutinty for it? Anyone remember who that was?

wasn't that SMU? or USCw?

July 10, 2013  12:03 PM ET
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If ND can play a "regular season game" against Navy in Ireland, then so can UCF & PSU. By the book, it is not a Bowl game, or even a preseason extra game. It's a regular schedule game at a neutral site. Let 'em play. If Delany attempts to interfere, retire him from the B1G.

TM...ND and Navy were not under a NCAA-sanctioned bowl ban when they scheduled/played that game. And as GTH noted, neither of these teams has a tie-in to Ireland/Irish-anything. This game does not pass the smell test.

And if Delany steps in to stop this, then he'd be applauded.

July 10, 2013  01:16 PM ET
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This game does not pass the smell test.

OK, so your nostrils are offended like a NC pig farm hit by PDV. I still contend that neither rules nor sanctions are clearly violated, and given Emmert's power-grab gavel smash of PSU, any interference from Delany will appear to be a similar abuse of power and be ill-received.

Let 'em play. The people of Ireland deserve US CFB.

July 10, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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Didn't someone on probation used to schedule their last non-conf game against Hawaii?? Same concept and I think they took scrutinty for it? Anyone remember who that was?

I do believe it was Alabammer.

July 10, 2013  01:36 PM ET
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Didn't someone on probation used to schedule their last non-conf game against Hawaii?? Same concept and I think they took scrutinty for it? Anyone remember who that was?

believe that USC

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July 11, 2013  05:48 PM ET

The big question is how well will the PSU and UCF fans travel to fill an 80,000 seat stadium in Dublin Ireland? It takes a lot of money and time to get to this game and stay in hotels-eat and rent cars and spend money on trinkets too.

ND-Navy Game at Aviva Stadium injected multi millions of dollars into the Ireland economy as fans toured the country and spent a lot of money in the process.

I hope that if the game does take place--they don't end up with 30,000 unsold tickets and look bad in the process. The Irish Tourism Board will heavily promote it and use all of the marketing they can. PSU can hold up its fan support--not so sure about UCF.

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