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Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 11:58 pm
 
Not quite to sure what to make of Jack Swarbrick's comments Tuesday in New York. The Notre Dame AD told reporters, "you can each come up with a scenario" that would cause ND to evaluate its independent status.

Swarbrick suggested that major upheaval in conference realignment could force the school to reconsider its independent status. It's obvious what would make Notre Dame reconsider: Money.


If the Big Ten expands and gets a deal that is worth, say, $25 million per school and is regularly getting two schools in the BCS, that might be a deal breaker for Notre Dame. The school's deal with NBC runs out after this season. it reportedly pays between $8 million and $9 million per season. A new five-year deal begins in 2011. What would that mean if if ND joined the Big Ten? A mere detail. If ND and the Big Ten want to mate, they can figure everything else out later.

The thing is, Notre Dame can't wait around to see what the Big Ten does. It must tell the conference yes or no. It can't raise its hand after Rutgers is admitted and say, "We want in too." Or can it? It is Notre Dame.

The biggest news out of New York is that there are cracks in ND's brick wall blocking conference affiliation.
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Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2010 5:17 am
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

I can't say I like any team in the Big East, but you would have to take West Virginia over Rutgers, UConn and others--sure they don't have a TV market, but at least they put a pretty good team on the field each year...can we say the same about Syracuse, UConn or Rutgers? I didn't think so.


Expansion isn't about the product on the field its about one thing and one thing only....MONEY...and the ability to get more of it, which is why the universities selected will be those who will add to the value of the Big Ten Network.  Missouri gets you Saint Louis & Kansas City TV Markets, ND gets you nationwide audiences, Pitt gives you Pitt plus a rivalry game for Penn State, and Rutgers at least attempts to grab part of NYC.  Those should be the 4 favorites as the Big Ten looks to expand (not necessarily in that order mind you).



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

West Virginia?  While the match-ups with u of m could be fun if RR & JB end up being around long enough to see it, I think this might be the move that makes the least sense.  It wouldn't expand the B10's TV market, expand revenue, and the academics there aren't really up to B10 standards.  Geographically - sure, it would give Penn State a more natural rival.  Even performance wise, before RR, they were a pretty average team with the exception of the Major Harris years - so I don't see this near term performance (albeit, great) as particularly compelling.  My personal wish list is:
1 - ND
2 - UT
3 - UConn

Everything after that seems pretty much the same to me, although I fully admit that I'm far from an expert.



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:57 pm
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

The school's deal with NBC runs out after this season.No Dennis, your a moron, you know nothing! You dont do research! The contract runs through 2015!

A new five-year deal begins in 2011O wait a moment, I actually read the ENTIRE article and realize that you are aware of this.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

Actually what everyone knows is that Notre Dame hasn't been relevant for 20 years.  

I realize 20 years is a long time, but that is no excuse to distort the past even tho that is all you got.  As far as Woody is concerned, I think your opinion is about as worthless as Brian Kelly's defenses.  I am pretty sure it went down like I previously said.  During Woody's tenure, Ohio State still managed to schedule regular-season games with Nebraska, Washington, Southern California, UCLA, and Oklahoma.  Nice try sucka.

  



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

Yes thats why Dennis says, a new one starts after this season. He also states that they can work out the details later. Use that thing on your shoulders as more than a paper weight :)



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:49 pm
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

I can't say I like any team in the Big East, but you would have to take West Virginia over Rutgers, UConn and others--sure they don't have a TV market, but at least they put a pretty good team on the field each year...can we say the same about Syracuse, UConn or Rutgers? I didn't think so.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 10:57 am
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

Yep, everytime I hear about Woody Hayes, the one thing people mention is that he was too afraid to play ND. Yah right, get over yourself. And if you want a nation-wide joke, take a look at the guy spitting all over himself on ESPN and picking one of his former teams to go 12-0 every year. And I'm not talking about Herbstreit or Mark May.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 10:45 am
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

Really? By decades do you mean back in early 1900's? Seriously, ND needs to get over itself and if you're not joining a conference b/c of something that happened close to a hundred years ago then maybe they should stop playing Big Ten schools altogether.




Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 3:00 am
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

Murph,
Between 1951 and 1978, Woody won three titles and ND won three titles.  What's really missing from Woody's resume as one of the great all-time coaches, other than retiring with class of course, is that he never had the guts to play Notre Dame and therefore never beat Notre Dame.  At least Bear Bryant tried.

Woody was and always will be nothing more than a local Ohio hero and a nation-wide joke.  No one outside of Ohio cares about the glory he brought to your state's school and everyone knows he was forced out in shame.  Sucks, huh?



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 11:01 pm
 

Notre Dame shows crack in independent wall

How many times did Woody Hayes refuse to play the Irish?  

There weren't too many things that scared Woody, but polarizing the catholic population in the state of Ohio was one of them.  In other words, he didn't want a young guy like myself rooting for the Irish if they played head to head.  He was right.  And if your still not sure whether to believe me, know this, I attended Chaminade-Julienne, my last name is murphy, and F the irish.  

Actually Woody Hayes was Notre Dame's best recruiter.  Not because he persuaded kids to go there instead of Michigan.  It was because he didn't schedule the Irish which saved them face in the state of Ohio.  If they had played Notre Dame in those days, lets just say Notre Dame history would have added chapters and a different ending.






  





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