Fans of the Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to wait an extra day for the 2016 season to kick off, as the schools announced on Friday that the game in Austin is moving from September 3 to September 4.
While the specifics of the time and network are not yet determined, the change should provide more visibility for the contest on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend.
"When you hear Texas Longhorns and Notre Dame Fighting Irish it grabs everyone's attention," Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said. "That's a historic sporting event that fans worldwide want to see. This schedule provides a wonderful opportunity to play the game in an exclusive window so everyone can see it. We discussed it quite a bit and took into account all of the factors in making the decision.
"Now we are thrilled to take part in this showcase opportunity for both of the schools, our teams and passionate fans. In a weekend full of key college football match-ups across the country, these great institutions and storied programs will meet at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in a stand-alone spot on the college football calendar. That is tremendously exciting for all of us involved."
The game will pit two of the winningest and most storied programs in college football history against each other as the Longhorns seek to avenge last season's 38-3 loss in South Bend that marked the end of Shawn Watson's play-calling tenure at Texas.
"Having worked in both programs, I have a deep appreciation of the great football pride, tradition and passion at Texas and Notre Dame," Texas head coach Charlie Strong said. "This is a game we're obviously very excited about and really looking forward to. I think moving it to Sunday with no NFL games when it can really be in the spotlight will make it that much more special."