My kids had been watching cartoons on Fox 50 this morning, and the TV was still on when I caught the last 15 minutes of Lee Fowler’s weekly TV show. Tony Haynes read a question about Notre Dame and Tennessee’s status on future football schedules. Fowler confirmed that we wouldn’t be playing the Irish (noting that it was never a firm commitment, but rather a “concept” of ND playing all 4 NC-based ACC squads, which the Irish have since jettisoned). However, Fowler said that UT was still on for 2008 and 2013, although the 2008 game might be moved to 2012 to accomodate playing USC in 2008 and 2009.
If this is true (and not just a gimmick to buy some time and quietly drop the series later), then I offer my sincere mea culpa to Fowler and Amato for my earlier rant. It would be worth pushing back the trip to Knowxville in order to play Spurrier’s Gamecocks – as long as that trip still happens in the near future.
Whoever would have thought one of Lee Fowler’s great many media appearances would result in a savvy smoothing over of a source of significant fan displeasure? Well, potentially, anyway.