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Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 4:25 pm

Since the days of greats like The Four Horsemen, The Gipper, and Knute Rockne, one thing has sperated Notre Dame from all others in NCAA Football; Tradition.

As many people know,(whether or not this be from knowledge or from playing NCAA Football's video game,) Notre Dame has a schedule consists mainly of rivalry game that date back many years.

During this coming season alone, 9 out of the 12 games on the Irish Schedule are these rivalry game.(7 of which are for a trophy.) If the Irish were in a conference, all of these rivalry games would be down the toilet and non-existent this season. Also many of these games still have extensions for years to come.

Current Head Coach Brian Kelly, is another reason why Notre Dame won't join a conference any time soon. Kelly understands the history and tradition that Irish Football is all about, so Notre Dame staying independent during his tenure shouldn't shock anyone.

If your persistent and still can't understand why Notre Dame won't join a conference, than here is my "Touchdown Jesus" pass attempt.

For those of you who do not know, Notre Dame has a partnership deal with television network NBC. This is a deal that for years has put the Irish ahead of schools in media coverage. Why? Because under this contract deal, Notre Dame is guaranteed a Nationally Televised Game Every Week! That's right, it doesn't matter if it's a game against USC or Tulsa, if Notre Dame is playing, it's on National Television.

Why would Notre Dame want to throw all that away just to be called a member of  the "Big 10 plus 1"? Simply put, They Won't.

Notre Dame is just fine right where they are, they got Tradition, National Exposure, and a Head Coach with Championship Demeanor.

Now Notre Dame, just put that all to good use, and Go Win a Championship......

If only it were that easy.

~James Cook Future Associated Press


Since: May 26, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 3:20 pm

Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

hahahaha, actually they won the Hawaii Bowl with Clausen in 08' LOL. I know that doesn't count but still.

Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:25 pm

Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

ND would make more money if they did join a conference, especially with the TV package deals the some conferences are exploring or already have (Big Ten network).  It's not money, it's ego and tradition despite the fact they haven't been competitive even with their mediocre schedule and haven't won a bowl game since 1994.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 1:10 pm

Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

Here is what is more likely to happen in the not to distant future that will force Notre Dames hand.

After a failed plan this year to totally change the landscape of college football a more strategic plan will be put in place that will eventually divide the country in to 16 team conferences. The Big 10 and Pac 10 will be the ones to keep your eye on the most from the Notre Dame angle. When they do go to 16 team conferences there will be 10 or 11 conference games leaving only 1 or 2 open dates for play outside the conference. This will likely end the USC Notre Dame, and all the Big 10 vs Notre Dame games as those schools will want to procure another guaranteed home game for the revenue that provides. Without those schools on ND's schedule NBC will have a hard time getting top dollar for advertising for ND vs the service academys every week. There will be no marquee games to build an ad campaign around and NBC at that point would be wise to cut ND lose and grab the rights of one of these super conferences. So in essence the Big 10 and Pac 10's further expansion WILL force Notre Dame into making a decision that they obviously don't want to make.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:25 pm

Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

I love their independent status, I still remember when they announced the initial contract with NBC, I was stocked.  They already play mostly a Big 10 schedule with some other rivalries thrown in there.  I can't wait for the Miami series to renew and now there is talk of playing Texas!

I have a friend that frequents the University of Notre Dame with his father-in-law who was an ex player and Brian Kelly is the polar oppossite of Charley Weiss.  Kelly will stop what he is doing and talk to you, he even signed some stuff.  Weiss wouldn't even look at the clock if you asked for the time of day.  Sounds like the program is in good hands.  I can guranteee you one thing, Notre Dame may not win 9, 10, or 11 games but they will play hard under Kelly.

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2010 12:19 pm

Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

There really is only one way that Notre Dame joins a conference, and that is if that is the only way to have a shot at a National Championship.  Two ways that could happen:

There was a lot of talk that conference expansions would lead to four or five super conferences that could then break away from the NCAA and/or BCS and create a real playoff.  I'm not sure that this would ever happened, but if it did, it think that Notre Dame would join one of those conferences, rather than be left out of the picture.

The seond thing that could lead Notre Dame to a conference would be loss of their special rules for inclusion in the BCS.  In the next iteration of the BCS, whatever that might be, if Notre Dame were to lose those rules, I think they might be more interested in joining a conference.  Again, I don't see this happening any time soon either.  Notre Dame may be irrelevent on the field right now, but they are a brand that the BCS will include as long as they can.

Since: Jul 25, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 10:52 pm

Why Notre Dame WON'T Join a Conference

I believe you missed out on a big point.

By being an independent, when they go to a bowl game (and I'm sure they are confident of going to better bowl games than they have been in recent years) - the get to keep ALL THE MONEY,

When a conference team goes to a bowl, the money goes to the conference to be divied out.

Even going to a mid-tier bowl game, it's worth over a million dollars to them, and if they get it together and go to a BCS bowl - it would be worth a few million dollars!

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