Chip Brown article discussing today's BCS meetings in Chicago and possibility that ND may decide to move non-FB to Big 12 if they are "frozen out" of FB playoffs.Link at http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID ... &PT=4&PR=2
This article actually makes a lot of sense and is based on actual comments that have come from the Big 12 commissioners backing up these comments.
Let the BCS four team playoff decisions get worked out and see if Notre Dame needs to change conferences.
If Notre Dame does not have to join a football league based on the new BCS changes currently getting ironed out, the school never will need to give up football independence for the foreseeable future.
Having Notre Dame join any league would make any school envious to be the other member of an expansion pair. Hey
It would very hard for Florida State to turn down admission into any league that included Notre Dame football. It could very well be the Big Ten jumping in to try and expand with both of these schools. Or there was the rumor another ACC school approached the Big Ten about possible membership when all the instability issues started to service concerning the ACC losing schools.
Could the Big Ten make a last pitch and go after the U of Maryland as an expansion pair with Notre Dame?
Without Notre Dame, Florida State may find it too difficult to overcome the challenges of leaving the ACC and paying such a high price to do so. It is a no win situation. Remain in the ACC and fall further behind your major competition in the SEC or move to the Big 12 and face other type of obstacles.
Regardless of what happens with the current BCS changes, the ACC and all of its members have huge mountain to climb in reaching football respectability. Having the ACC champion play every year in the Orange Bowl is not going to help improve ACC perception with football.
If Notre Dame remains independent and the ACC schools decide it is too much of a change to move to another league.
The Big 12 can then sit back and evaluate its options which is probably to expand back to 12 schools and play a championship game.
There is the old standby rumor of expanding with Louisville and BYU or taking the academic route with expansion that could include both Rice and Tulane.
North: Oklahoma, Okla State, Kansas, Kan State, Iowa State, WVU
South: Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Rice, Tulane
East: Oklahoma, Okla State, TCU, Baylor, WVU, Louisville
West: Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kan State, Iowa State, BYU
-or- if the Big 12 gets lucky
East: Notre Dame, Florida State, WVU, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State
West: Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech
Any of three options would be very good for the Big 12 to get back to 12 members and be consistent with the other power leagues.
No matter how much we restate the value of 10 members and round robin football, Texas Cowboy Stadium is just waiting to host this potential conference championship game with winner advancing to the BCS final four or Champions Bowl and Plus one.