Penn State's much-hyped Ireland game against Central Florida has been finalized, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, and is scheduled played at Croke Park in Dublin next year.
Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel wrote that the organizers of the football game would make an official announcement Sunday, revealing other details such as travel packages. A Penn State spokesperson said Penn State did not comment on any future football games until contracts have been signed.
The Irish Times also reported that details of this matchup would be presented in a few days.
The Ireland game was one of the foremost topics on the Penn State coaches caravan in May, and head coach Bill O'Brien said then the game was close to being finalized and likely would be the season opener.
The game is seen as an alternative to a bowl for Penn State, which won't be eligible for the postseason the next three years because of NCAA sanctions.
O'Brien and Central Florida's coach, George O'Leary, have Irish heritage and, from 1998 to 2002, O'Brien coached on O'Leary's staff at Georgia Tech.
NOTE -- Penn State tight end Kyle Carter has been selected as a candidate for the 2013 John Mackey Award, presented to the nation's best tight end. Carter, a sophomore, was second on the team in receptions and receiving yards, finishing with 36 for 453 yards. He had two touchdowns but missed three games because of injury.
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