It's not in writing yet. Not all of it. In other words, it's not official.
But it looks like the big boys of California — and Hollywood — De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
are going to play the big boys from Texas, Trinity (Euless, Texas)
, in a made-by-TV special in late August at a site to be determined, somewhere in the Lone Star State.
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Athletic Director Mike Fielder told USA Today
last week: "We don't have a contract and we don't have a venue yet, but we have agreed to play. Two great programs each with a history of success. It's a pretty exciting opportunity."
De La Salle Athletic Director Leo Lopoz, who has negotiated more than a dozen of these national blockbusters over the years, won't even hint at the specifics until the contracts are signed. And he's instructed his coaches to do the same.
"I'm hearing what you're hearing — Trinity," said De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh. "Believe me, I want to know so we can start preparing. But from everything I've heard nothing is official so we'll just wait."
De La Salle got special permission from its North Coast Section to play a Week 0 in Texas, and it's written up that way on the Spartans' schedule
So if all goes according to what is aligned, the next big piece of news is where in Texas and what venue.
We're pushing strongly for — where else? — the biggest stadium with the world's largest scoreboard on the planet: AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys in Arlington. That's where the UIL hosts the fantastic Texas high school football championships and draws upwards of 50,000 fans.
Everything is bigger in Texas, so why not go all the way on this one? This will be De La Salle's first game in the Lone Star State and first game against a Texas squad.
One thing the Spartans better be aware of is rules regarding blocking below the waist in Texas, which aligns itself with the college game.
But first things first. Get the game under contract and find a venue. Check that, demand AT&T Stadium please.