Notre Dame Will Start School 2 Weeks Early, End The Semester Before Thanksgiving

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Notre Dame is bumping up the timeline for the fall semester.

According to Brett McMurphy, the Fighting Irish will begin school Aug. 10, which is two weeks earlier than initially planned. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

That’s not the only change ND has made for the fall semester during the coronavirus pandemic. October break has been canceled and the semester will end before Thanksgiving.

Why does this timeline matter? Well, for me it’s all about the football, and this means students will be on campus for games in the fall.

The Fighting Irish start the season Aug. 29 in Ireland against Navy. I’ve said for a long time that games need to happen in America.


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Will it be brought back to our shores during the crisis? That remains to be seen, but we now know students will be on campus for home games of the Fighting Irish.

While this timeline doesn’t guarantee anything for the upcoming football season, it would seem to indicate the games are more likely to happen.

If the campus is safe enough for people to be walking around, you’d have to imagine football can be played.


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It’s a fluid situation, and things might change quickly, but I think we can all agree this is a positive sign. We knew tweaks would be made, and that’s okay.

At the end of the day, all that matters is that football returns.