A Notre Dame athletics official said Friday that the Irish were willing to travel to Miami to play the weekend series that now will be attempted beginning Saturday with a doubleheader in forecasted snow and temperatures in the 20s and 30s in South Bend, Indiana — but the Atlantic Coast Conference nixed the idea.
ACC senior associate commissioner Kris Pierce, the conference’s baseball administrator, told the Miami Herald on Friday that both Notre Dame and the University of Miami requested to switch the series to Coral Gables and for the games not to count toward conference standings, but that the ACC denied the request.
Pierce said that game sites cannot be changed “based on a predicted weather forecast, which is not unlike what we deal with every single weekend. Obviously, this one deals with snow and cold temperatures, but usually the predictions involve rain.
“Without Notre Dame’s facilities being deemed unplayable, we don’t have the ability to switch the site of the series.”
Said Notre Dame spokesman Russell Dorn: “Guys were OK with playing in Miami, coaches were OK with it. At the end of the day, we want to play the series, but the ACC made the decision.’’
The No. 2 Hurricanes arrived in South Bend on Friday and are scheduled to play beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, with a 1 p.m. Sunday series finale.