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Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

Posted on: August 2, 2010 3:54 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 4:40 pm

CHICAGO -- Jim Delany expects Notre Dame to stay put.

That was among the revelations made by the Big Ten commissioner Monday during his annual state of the conference speech at the Big Ten media days.

Delany summarized the summer of realignment by saying that his league was hurried into expanding to Nebraska because of the immiment threat from the Pac-10. Officially, the Big Ten is still on a 12-18-month track. (That track is now down to 4 1/2-10 1/2 months, so don't expect any more expansion soon.)

"I wouldn't have known that would be our decision in December of '09," Delany said of Nebraska. "It achieved unanimous support."

As for ND, Delany put a rather final word on getting the Irish in expansion.

"I don't see them as a player, really," Delany said. "I see Notre Dame in the Big East for many years to come. I see them as an independent in football for many years to come."

Knowing Delany, that could be a way of smoking out ND/Big Ten supporters.

In other news, the commissioner will lobby for a nine-game conference schedule, although such an arrangement will take a while as teams clear their schedules.

The first Big Ten championship game will be in 2011. Green Bay, Chicago, Cleveland and Minneapolis are all interested in hosting the game.

Expect a decision on the divisional structure in 35-40 days. Delany said he will go back to 1993 (when Penn State joined the league) to look at the competitive balance issue.

Also, don't expect a name change for the iconic conference. The 12-team league will remain the Big Ten.

The session ended with an unscheduled photo op featuring Delany, Tom Osborne and Joe Paterno. Big Ten types are already calling it "The Moment."

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Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:06 am

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent






Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2010 9:50 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

Haha sportsdv1...are you for real? Catholics feel they have to cheer for Notre Dame? Are you serious? Your post looks like one that was written by a 5th grader. In case you didnt know it, and apparently you don't, this board is for adults only. Give me a flipping break. I am a long time fan of Notre Dame and yes am Catholic but last time I checked we werent required to have a ND fan membership card. This is too much....and by the way you are a New Mexico fan talking about who cares about Notre Dame? Does New Mexico have a team? Can you really seriously speak for most football fans or football fans at all? I think not...haha..

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 8:02 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

The way I see it -- the Pat Haden/USC curse is gone and winning seasons are on the way!Cool

Since: Jul 26, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 7:23 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

Yours is the most astute comment regarding the Delaney remark about Notre Dame.  It stopped a lot of repetitive questions and turned the focus to what was under control of the conference.  He clarified what Big Ten fans wanted to know regarding expansion and scheduling.

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:17 pm

Two important points

The Big Ten continues to evaluate expansion.  If they were done, Jim Delaney would have said so.  Let your speculation run amok.

Notre Dame will not be in the Big Ten?  Any conference would benefit from Notre Dame joining.  Only silly conferences would let them join for some sports and not for others.  Could the neediness of the Big East be any more obvious?  And could Notre Dame's view of the Big East also be any more obvious?  As a lifelong Big Ten fan, I'd love to see Notre Dame come in, but only for all sports.  As you may have guessed, I love the Maize and Blue.  My second favorite team on any Sootball Saturday is whoever is playing Notre Dame.  I'll couch my following remarks with that.

Notre Dame's job is to promote the University.  Winning National Championships is important because it promotes the University.  Getting into a BCS bowl is important because it fills the financial coffers of the University.  Of course they are a natural fit for the Big Ten.  Of course the 12 schools in the conference want them in because they would enhance the standing, both athletically and academically, of the Big Ten.  In the end, it boils down to what is best for Notre Dame - the University.

Jim Delaney can focus on attracting up to three more prestigious universities to accept membershipin the Big Ten.  When there is but one slot left, that is when he needs to pay a final visit to Notre Dame.  If he does his job well, then Notre Dame will feel compelled to be the 16th member.  If he fails, the Notre Dame stays independant - perhaps for a long, long time.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 11:07 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

football patches?'re a moron!- but yes it's been going on since before there was an internet so therefore no blogger could have blogged without the internet. I neither like nor dislike the Irish but they should have done it 20 yrs ago now it's been so long it's just funny to see them deny it another. Wait I've got it! they should make a new conference and call it the Notre Dame conference and have one member in it ---themselves. They could put more of their alumni on the payroll.  Ha ha

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:32 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

Lucas Oil Stadum isn't a very good place to watch football,Indy is a great city to host it but the  Stadium isn't very good for the fans in  seats,nice complex,looks pretty but that is about it,it should be played outside anyways the way the game was meant to be played.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:00 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2010 9:39 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

I hope they do. Plus, big 10, err Super 12 after they rename the conference in July 2011 when NU goes in (good name?) raids the big east for a few  more teams leaves the prized ND out of options?

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:04 pm

Delany: Notre Dame will stay independent

I would love to see that happen because SEC basketball would IMPLODE because you'd just gut their eastern division. The SEC Footballers would be pissed because they lost teams to the Dreaded and Feared...Big10 conference


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