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ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 12:36 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame is and always has been an independent football program. Conferences like the Big Ten have made overtures to the school before, but as long as Notre Dame has its own television deal and BCS status, the odds of the school giving up its independent status in football are essentially non-existent.

That being said, the rest of Notre Dame's sports are affiliated with the Big East, and with all the talk of a possible Big East collapse over the past few months, the ACC has been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Notre Dame's other sports should the Big East actually dissolve.

Talk that ACC commissioner John Swofford seemingly put to rest on Wednesday at the ACC's basketball media days. According to Swofford, if Notre Dame does want to join the ACC one day, it's going to be all or nothing.

“We're an all-in, revenue-equal conference,” Swofford told the Daily Press. “That's very basic to us. That's what works for us. ... I think going forward we will continue to consider equal revenue sharing and full membership or no membership (important) in our conference. I don't see that changing. ” 

In other words, the ACC would consider adding Notre Dame to the conference if Notre Dame was bringing its football program with it. If not, well good luck finding a home elsewhere.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2012 4:53 pm

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

And with Louisville to follow that would bring the conference back to 12 and provide regional competition for Notre Dame, Louisville, and West Virginia. Great advantages. But it should be all sports or nothing. The Big 12 does not need to play Notre Dame's games.

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2012 1:36 pm

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

I agree with Notre Dame being in all or nothing.

Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:32 pm

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

This is why Big 12 might be the best option.

TV flexibility fits Notre Dame: With the TV agreements Big 12 has in place Notre Dame can have their cake and eat it too.

Scheduling works perfect: With only 5 games with Big 12 North, 2 games agains Big 12 south, you can still play 5 nonconfernce games and keep playing Michigan, MSU, Navy, Boston College, and USC.

Recruiting benefits: Notre Dame joining the Big 12 will provide a stable and maintainable presence in Texas which is a huge boost for the highest caliber recruits. Also ND will continue and upgrade its presence in the midwest, 

Non-football better than ever - track, baseball, etc. will all raise to another level.

Thanksgiving game will be the most watched game each and every year: UT vs. ND, Wow.

Time of games: Central region time zone is the best time zone for all the nation to view a games. 

Big 12 will go above and beyond for Notre Dame, above all other top conferences which is a great plus for ND.

With UT, OU, and ND as its Big 3 the conference will be as solid as the SEC.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:38 am

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

This would be a win - win for both.  Notre Dame football would bring better recruits to ACC team with a change at the golden domers.  Notre Dame would gain in Basketball by playing it the toughest confence in College Basketball. 

Hopefully, Notre Dame realizes the days of being an independent school are long gone. 

ACC is the way to go. 

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:28 am
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Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:11 am

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

If they join ACC it might be enough to pull Penn State away from the Big 10, PS has tried to create a East Coast Conference before and alway considered itself an east cost school.   Notre Dame and Penn State joining ACC would command a lot of TV dollars, enought to satisfy all parties involved.

Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:49 am

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

geneh_32....where have you been?  ND has already come out and said, that if they did have any interest in joining a conference, it would be the ACC.  I agree with you, that it would be a silly place for them.  They need to stay and play in the Big TEN area.....but for some reason, they like the ACC.  Probably because they could actually win some football games there.

Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:50 am

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

The first paragraph of this story is the only one anybody needs to read here.  Of course ND is taking advantage of the Big East.  Do any of you really think your favorite school wouldn't attempt to do the same thing ND did if the opportunity presented itself.  Oh, of course not.  Every other college in the country is more interested in supporting the league they play in than getting the best deal they can get, right?  Nonsense.  All of this talk is jealousy and hypocrisy.  If ifs and buts were candies and nuts.......let's let the Big East collapse before all of this speculative nonsense about what ND may or may not do.  Look around.  The almighty dollar controls everything, which is why this crap article even exists in the first place.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:11 am

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

If Notre Dame had no choice but to join a conference, it would try to create a conference of its own to protect its traditional rivalries intact. If thats ever possible, it's 16 team super conference would look like this:

Traditional Division:
ND, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue, Navy, USC, Nebraska

On-and-Off Division:
BC, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Air Force, Stanford, Florida State

and non-conf would be Army and Northwestern

Or, it could create 12 team Golden Dome Conference.

Division with ND:
ND, Purdue, Pitt, Florida State, UCLA, Navy

Division without ND:
BC, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Washington, Army

Baylor will be left out and will be suing. 

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:25 pm

ACC may not be an option for Notre Dame

geneh, the answer to why ND will be joining a conference is because their "sports other than football" might/will need to join a conference should the Big East collapse; all those "sports other than football" will NEED a conference, and it's in the best interest of all the conferences to insist that ND football join with their "sports other than football."  Otherwise, ND "sports other than football" will be left out in the cold.

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