NORMAN — The Irish are coming. Oklahoma's quest to fill future football schedules has found a powerhouse partner: Notre Dame. The Sooners and Irish have agreed to a two-year series that will bring the Irish to Norman in 2012, with OU returning to South Bend, Ind., in 2013. Notre Dame hasn't played in Norman since 1966.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione confirmed the agreement, yet consistent with his policy, preferred to withhold comment until a signed contract is in hand. Notre Dame's John Heisler, a senior associate athletic director in charge of scheduling, also confirmed the deal. While the schools have met only nine times in football and only once since the late '60s, Notre Dame stands as a major nemesis to OU fans. The Irish own an 8-1 record against the Sooners and are still resented for a 1957 win in Norman that ended OU's NCAA-record 47-game winning streak. Notre Dame beat the Sooners 34-30 in 1999, Bob Stoops' first season and the first meeting between the elite programs in 31 years. The schools had been trying to get back together since. "We agreed at that time to agree to schedule some additional games,” Heisler said Thursday. "It didn't get done at that time. And it took awhile to get these slotted and to fit. But we've finally made it work.” The Sooners and Irish played fairly regularly in the 1950s and '60s, when eight of the nine previous matchups occurred.