USF-ND?

Rockne. Leahy. Parseghian. Leavitt.

OK, it’s a stretch, but it’s what can happen when you share a marquee, and reportedly USF and Notre Dame could be squaring off in a home-and-home series within the next decade.

To anyone who’s been around awhile, this is still very heady, barely believable stuff. A decade ago USF was still that “commuter school” better known for quantity than quality. Now it’s an archetypical metro, community-partner, research institution that also happens to be among the top 20 largest universities in the country.

It also has a major college football program, calls the finest facility in the country its home field, plays in the prestigious Big East Conference, has been to a bowl game and has already played the likes of Penn State, Miami and Alabama and beaten the likes of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Southern Mississippi and Louisville.

Notre Dame? Shake down the thunder – here come the Bulls.

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