What happens if the BCS post season decisions cause Notre Dame to consider joining a conference? http://articles.southbendtribune.com/20 ... football/2
Big East? No chance
ACC? Would be a more easy path to the BCS football championship game.
Big Ten? Most likely choice because many of Notre Dame best rivalry games are in the Big 10. Although Pitt, Boston College, and Miami have been good rivalry games in the past for Notre Dame. None compare to Michigan/ND which could continue OOC possibly if Notre Dame join say the ACC.
Pac 12? Probably too far west
SEC? This one would be a shocker however just too tough of path in football
Big 12? This one is interesting scenario. If Notre Dame has to give up independence the one remaining resemblance of independence could be a Notre Dame network for Tier 3 sports. My understanding is a Tier 3 network is only possible in the Big 12 as the Big Ten network has Tier 3 rights for Big Ten members, ACC has rights to tier 3 for ACC members, and Pac 12 has rights to Pac 12 members for Tier 3. Not sure about SEC tier 3 rights.
Regardless if the ACC, SEC, Pac 12 want to create a conference network similar to the Big Ten, would require giving up tier 3 rights? IF yes, the only option for Notre Dame to creates its own exclusive network would be the Big 12?
Notre Dame is probably the one school that could get a large group of people watch some non revenue varsity sports matchups with any consistency.
Lots of dominos could fall depending on which direction Notre Dame would take if the school joined a conference.
If Notre Dame joined the most likely of conference the Big Ten, which school would the Big Ten go for number 14?
Missouri which has long been interested in joining the Big Ten. Would they bolt the SEC to join the Big Ten. I think that would be a very good possibility if the Big Ten were interested in Missouri. What would the SEC do if Missouri bolted. Would the SEC raid the ACC for Florida State or Virginia Tech? What would the ACC do if the SEC raided the conference to replace a team going to the SEC?
I don’t think it would be out of question for Notre Dame to seriously consider the Big 12. Requiting into Texas would be a major benefit for Notre Dame which the school has already scheduled some OOC games in Texas for this very benefit.
If Notre Dame could greatly benefit from having a its own network for tier 3 sports and the Big 12 was the only conference that could provide this exclusive benefit, why would the school not consider the Big 12? Divisions would be aligned perfectly for the north division by allowing Notre Dame to be an anchor team which would further stroke the ego of the school and its fan base.
North: Notre Dame, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, WVU, Louisville
South: Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
Just when we thought this summer could be boring with expansion, there may be some fireworks after all.