Here Come the Irish

Finally

, Texas residents will get to see some great college football without freezing their ass off at an occasional Cotton Bowl.

That’s because Notre Dame announced today they are playing a regular-season game in San Antonio in 2009.

The opponent for the Halloween Day game is not exactly earth-shaking: Washington State University, a perennial Pac-10 doormat. But the chance to see the Fighting Irish (even if it’s in a dome) doesn’t come around very often.

The game is part of a new scheduling philosophy for ND, in which they’ll include one “barnstorming” game at a site outside of South Bend each year. Some alumni are grumbling on message boards that the school is now too eager to schedule patsies, as opposed to the traditional tough slate the Irish play. (Irish haters, insert your tired service-academy jokes here).

By 2009, heralded freshman QB Jimmy Clausen will either be considered a big-time bust or a legitimate Heisman candidate (If he’s a bust, behind him is a QB actually named Crist, the savior of hackneyed headline writers everywhere). Coach Charlie Weis’ amazing recruiting classes will be fully integrated into the line-up by then, so ND should easily be a Top 10 team at least. (And playing in San Antonio can’t hurt ND’s efforts to recruit blue-chip Texas high schoolers.)

No word on tickets yet, of course, but it looks like an Alamo City road trip is in the future. – Richard Connelly


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