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Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:41 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

Though the fires have cooled off a bit on Conferenceageddon 2K11 as we all sit and wait for Texas A&M to officially announce its plans on joining the SEC, that doesn't mean that the superconferences of the future are dead. We're all likely to see a lot of changes in the college football landscape in the coming years as conferences expand.

One school that's name has already been tossed around plenty when it comes to expansion is Notre Dame. The school has been courted by the Big Ten for years, and has also been tabbed as a potential replacement for Texas A&M in the Big 12. The problem is that at no point has Notre Dame ever seemed eager to give up its independent status. Though that feeling could be changing, or at least it is on the Notre Dame coaching staff.

While appearing on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning, Brian Kelly said that he wouldn't rule out Notre Dame one day joining a conference.

"You can't rule out anything with college football" Kelly said on the show. "We have to be prepared for anything."

Kelly then went on to talk about conference expansion in college football, saying that things are "only going to continue to go in this route" and that one day Notre Dame may not have any other choice but to join a conference.

Of course, there's a huge difference between Kelly saying this on a radio show and Notre Dame actually having any plans to follow through on it. Still, I can't help but feel like Jim Delany hopped on the phone the second he heard Kelly's comments.

 
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Wouldn't be the same

Notre Dame would cease to be Notre Dame by joining a conference.  It would be the end of the University's status as the only national program, and it's fans - myself included - would abandon ship en masse.



Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

I didn't know Kelly was the AD and president of Notre Dame. He must be a busy guy to have all that responsibility and coach
Since when did this coach obtain that kind of power?  He needs to concentrate on making ND relevant again.  ND will join one of these super confernces or they will be on the outside looking in

More trolling.  Watch the video.  BK made no claims that he was in the position to make that decision.  All he stated was that IF the the Superpowers 
came true then he could see Notre Dame joining, and that the decision was up to everyone else but him.  His last input was that he prefered the independent status. 






      
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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

" It's independent status is keeping them from being on the national stage in my opinion with the BCS system."
No, it's its academic requirements.



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:45 am
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

Let's see . . . what conference could Notre Dame join where it could be the champion every year (even in lackluster seasons), feast on perennial doormats, be seen on TV every week, and still be a BCS contender?


The NFL? Laughing 



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

He  called a pass play, with a freshman quarterback, with the Irish in field position to kick the winning FG against Tulsa.  Kelly needs to concentrate on coaching and improving the Irish football team.  Notre Dame might join a conference in the future, therefore, making it a superconference.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

I didn't know Kelly was the AD and president of Notre Dame. He must be a busy guy to have all that responsibility and coach. 



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

The 4 super conference theory is future.  The 4 will be PAC, Big 16, SEC, and ACC.  Assuming no one gets kicked out of those, then there will be 16 open slots.  There will be at least 10 locks for those spots:  ND, Pitt, Texas, A&M, Ok, OSU, Missou, Syracuse, USF, and WV.  That leaves 6 spots for the national championship division, which will include basketball and not governed by the NCAA.

You have to assume that the other spots will be based upon TV viewership, e.g, national interest or population base.  Therefore, these are the other teams that will have to be considered:  Rutgers, Villanova, Houston, TCU, Tex Tech, and UCONN.  Other teams that will have arguments are:  Louisville, Cinci, BYU, Cent. Fla, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas St, Boise St., and Hawaii.

Of my 16, I could move TCU and Texas Tech out and move Kansas and Cinci in.  The remainder have too large of a TV market.
  



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

Teres Minor.......Most (if not all) B12 schools will not meet the academic criteria for joining the PACwhatever (or Big10).  BYU would, and it would be an excellent fit (not sure why that didn't happen this time around).  They are going to have a hard time expanding and keeping some sort of geographic relevance.

On another note, ND will never go to the Big East for football.  It is far more likely they do a complete migration to the B10.  Again, conference academic standards for one, and the Big East is absolutely horrible in football for the most part.  Other than WVU there is little consistency(other than being consistently bad).  UConn last year in a BCS game was a bad joke.



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

Exactly my point!



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Brian Kelly won't rule out joining a conference

Sure it would be great for the B10 if the Notre Dame went there or even the B12 if they went there to replace losses, but why does everyone automatically assume that they won't go to the same conference they play basketball in--the BEast?  A lot of people seem convinced in the coming superconferences that the BEast would collapse, but if they get Notre Dame to join them that could seriously strengthen their chances and conference.  Furthermore, someone else posted that ND would likely go to a conference where they could win and stay in the media limelight and I don't see that happening in the B10 or B12.  Just a thought.....


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