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Irish talk of softening schedule a little

Originally Published: September 23, 2004
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Notre Dame vs. Louisiana-Monroe? Notre Dame vs. Eastern Michigan? Notre Dame vs. UAB?

Affronts to tradition? Sure.

Out of the question? Not hardly.

College football's peculiar institution -- which bows to no conference commissioner, has its own network and grazes from coast to coast for prestigious opponents -- could be changing its scheduling philosophy. Realizing the value of seven (or even eight) home games as a source of revenue and victories, Notre Dame is weighing whether ...

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