Emerald Isle Update: UCF Visits Dublin and O'Brien Says Agreement is Close

Croke Park, presumed site of the eventual Penn State-UCF matchup. - LOCOG

It seems that it's only a matter of time before this game becomes official.

News coming out of both the Penn State and University of Central Florida camps on Friday gave more credence to the fact that the two schools will participate in a game across the Atlantic in Ireland come 2014.

Before golfing in the Coaches vs. Cancer event at the Blue and White Courses, Nittany Lion head coach Bill O'Brien said that the school was "really close" to finalizing plans for a future game in the Land of Green, presumably against UCF and O'Brien's former boss, George O'Leary. Rumors about the game started in January with O'Brien confirming that talks were taking place for the Nittany Lions to visit Ireland at an event in February.

Later on in the morning, the Orlando Sentinel reported that four UCF administrators just returned home from a trip to Dublin where they explored a potential site for the matchup between the Knights and the Nits. The Sentinel said that the venue that representatives for UCF looked at was Croke Park, a stadium over 100 years old with the capability of holding in excess of 82,000 fans.

Break out those piggy banks, everyone. It seems almost certain that this game is going to go down.


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