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USC football: Future schedules won't repeat double dose of long-distance travel

October 6, 2009 |  9:00 am

While USC prepares for Notre Dame and its second trip to the Midwest this season, school officials are working to avoid similar travel situations in the future.

USC-logo Steve Lopes, a senior associate athletic director who handles scheduling, said playing nonconference opponents such as Ohio State and Notre Dame on the road in the same season was "not something you’d really like to do very often."

“It just happened that the only way we could play Ohio State was to do it this way,” Lopes said.

Lopes confirmed that he has “had conversations” with Texas and other teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences about possible home-and-home series.

USC is trying to fill dates in two-year cycles for 2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

USC’s goal is to start series with BCS opponents at home in odd years because those are the years the Trojans travel to Notre Dame.

“We haven’t come to any agreements yet but we’re close on several,” Lopes said.

 --Gary Klein