Penn State's much-discussed Ireland game against Central Florida is finally official, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel. It will be played at Croke Park in Dublin next year.
The Sentinel reported that the organizers of the game would make an official announcement on Sunday, revealing other details such as travel packages.
Penn State officials did not immediately respond for comment. The Dublin-based Irish Times also reported that details of this matchup would be presented in a few days.
The Penn State Ireland game was one of the foremost topics on the Penn State coaches caravan in May. At the time, coach Bill O'Brien said the game was close to being scheduled and could be the season-opener.
The game is seen as an alternative to a bowl for Penn State, which won't be eligible for a bowl game in the next three seasons because of NCAA sanctions.
Both 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.
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First Published July 9, 2013 12:30 AM