Georgia and Notre Dame are moving closer to a football series "later this decade," Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said Tuesday. And while no deal is done, and McGarity cautioned that there could be snags, he made clear that he would be eager for it to happen.

"I think it's an opponent we've played, what, one time? 1980? For our fans to be able to go up to South Bend, and for our fans to see Notre Dame play between the hedges, I think from a national perspective it'd be off the charts, as far as interest, as far as intrigue," McGarity said. "That would be something out of the ordinary that our fans would be very, very excited about."

The two schools haven't nailed down which years it would be, but McGarity said it would be in the range of 2017-20. Notre Dame would visit Sanford Stadium, and Georgia would visit Notre Dame Stadium.

"I think we're just waiting to work through some verbal communications before we have anything in writing," McGarity said.

McGarity spoke on the first day of SEC meetings in Destin, Florida, where non-conference scheduling for football has been a major topic. Figures in the new four-team playoff have been in attendance, including selection committee member Archie Manning, and playoff chairman Bill Hancock.

Georgia, after proceeding cautiously on scheduling for awhile, now appears ready to line up more high-profile games. If the series with Notre Dame did fall through, McGarity said there are two other high-profile teams from the eastern half of the U.S. that are on the radar screen.

"Other opponents that people would say, Holy cow, that's a great opportunity," McGarity said.

This year Georgia completes a two-game series with Clemson, and the Bulldogs have played several other major-conference teams in recent years.