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Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

Posted on: August 29, 2011 7:01 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Big 12 has thrown out some big names for potential replacements, with perhaps none being bigger than the old conference expansion standby, Notre Dame. Unfortunately for the Big 12, if Notre Dame is the conference's Plan A for replacing Texas A&M, then it's already time to move on to Plan B.

In a talk with the American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick repeated the same party line he's been repeating for years now. Notre Dame isn't interested in your conference.

“Our priority — and our clear priority — is maintaining our football independence and continuing to build our relationship with the Big East with our other sports,” said Swarbrick.

Sorry, Big 12, but it's not going to happen, and if you ever felt otherwise, you were just being foolish.

If Notre Dame was to ever decide that it wanted to join a conference, the Big Ten would be it's first destination. Not only has the Big Ten invited the school numerous times, but tradition wise, it just makes a lot more sense. The school has longstanding rivalries against three Big Ten schools already in Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue, so the transition wouldn't be that difficult to make.

Plus, even if Notre Dame wanted to join the Big 12, would it even make sense for the Big 12 to want Notre Dame in the fold? Think about it, one of the main reasons there is such unrest in the Big 12 in the first place is the preferential treatment many in the conference feel Texas gets, particularly with the new arrival of the Longhorn Network.

Well guess what Notre Dame has hopes of launching in the future? That's right, it's own network. So how would adding a second school that gets to play by its own rules help matters any? 
Comments

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:47 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

I would agree with most of your statement, however Notre Dame was never DENIED entrance into the Big Ten.  ND refused talk of admittance before in every instance BEFORE the Big Ten formally offered.  YES, GO IRISH!!!



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:47 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

Failure to comply with Big 10 academic standards has prevented Notre Dame from entering the Big 10 in the past, but the school's academics have been improving in recent decades.




Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:20 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

Notre Dame has secured it's confidence that it DOES NOT need to join a conference.  On more than one occassion, the Irish were denied membership into the Big Ten.  Since then, their program has only strengthened and they have proved that they do not need a conference to be successful in recruiting, let alone make money (i.e., selling out the stadium, selling merchandise, winning bowl games, etc.).  There is no benefit for them to join, other than a trophy. The University is already commited to the Big East and does very well off of other sports. Year after year they compete with the best football programs in the country, not to mention they play at least 3 Big Ten teams each year.

I just don't see them joining a football conference anytime soon.

On another note, I'll see you all in South Bend Saturday. GO IRISH!! 



Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:08 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

Tigerhater:

"Of course they don't want to join the big 10,that would mean actually playing tough teams.They would win only 3 games in big 10 this year."

You're a bright one now aren't you.  2010 schedule was ranked #1 toughest. Post bowl games, they were ranked #4. Not to mention that in 2010 (and every year) ND played Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. 

Check your facts before you commit to impressing your 12 year old friends online.




Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:41 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

It's highly unlikely, but a longshot 5% chance  is better than the 0% chance in any other league.
Stampede, do you keep telling yourself this to somehow make yourself feel better?

The xii is NOT any more appealing to them simply because you believe that they could keep their sweetheart deals to themselves in the xii.  And I doubt the veracity of that statement.  How does ND get to keep their $8MM bowl payout if they're members of a conference?  For that matter, how do they keep their deal to even get a BCS bowl with a 9-3 record if they're part of a conference?  There's more to them than the NBC arrangement, remember?  Joining a league would NOT allow them to keep ALL of their sweetheart deals.  It couldn't possibly.

The percent chance that they would want to join your league is the same as it is for any other: Zero.

And forget about BYU, either.  They absolutely do not need the xii.  Why their name keeps coming up, is a mystery.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:07 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

They were rated #1 in strength of schedule. After the bowl games that dropped slightly to #4
That's a fact and I said many times last year that they played the toughest schedule in the nation and they play another tough one this year.  I still don't like them, but I give them their due.  They don't play a bunch of creampuffs and waltz into a bowl game.




Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:05 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

If anyone ever thought that this would go differently, they are crazy.  There is zero chance that ND would ever go to the B12.  I don't even know if they would go to the B10 and could care less if they do as they've been given enough opportunities, but they would never dream of going to the B12 or I think the SEC for that matter.  I think the B10 and BEast are the most likely candidates for them, perhaps the PAC since historically they have played a LOT of games with the PAC. But there is no history with the B12 or SEC really, so I don't see either of those options.  JMHO.



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 6:01 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

tigerhater
In the regular season last year Notre Dame played 10 bowl eligible teams.  They were rated #1 in strength of schedule. After the bowl games that dropped slightly to #4. But go ahead and keep repeating that "Notre Dame doesn't play anybody" line.  Just don't expect anybody who knows anything about college football to believe you.






Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:31 am
 

Ehem.. Except BYU

though teh deal isn't wuite as lucrative as Notre Dames, BYU ALSO hs IT's OWN network to broadcast games, which ND does not have.



Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:04 am
 

Notre Dame will say no to the Big 12

Of course they don't want to join the big 10,that would mean actually playing tough teams.They would win only 3 games in big 10 this year.


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