The Catholics vs. Convicts era is over, but one of the great college football rivalries of the 1980s is close to being resurrected.
Notre Dame and Miami are in discussions to play at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday night.
The Associated Press, citing a person familiar with the negotiations, reported Friday that the programs are nearing a deal for a three-game series. The Soldier Field game would be followed by a home-and-home, likely in 2014 and 2016, the person told AP.
Apparently, both sides decided it's time to forget the past.
"It's a game that would be great for both universities," the person familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal has been signed. "Everyone involved wants it to happen."
Notre Dame and Miami last played each other in 1990, completing a series of passionate and competitive games.
Lou Holtz and the Fighting Irish beat then-No. 1 Miami 31-30 in October 1988 on the way to the national championship.
The Hurricanes returned the favor in November 1989, routing the No. 1 Irish 27-10 before going on to win their own title.
Notre Dame has played one game at a neutral site every year. This fall, the Irish will face Army at Yankee Stadium.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.