Or are the Irish rethinking their Big East affiliation, with a possible 6-6 record this year, and the prospects of a bowl game pretty slim...
November 12, 2003
Irish bowl picture still unclear
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ND NOTES
By TERRANCE HARRIS
Tribune Staff Writer
I'm sorry, but Notre Dame stays independent for the sake of prestige. Why would they go join the LEAST prestigious conference with more travel costs.
Notre Dame wanted to join the Big Ten in all sports EXCEPT football. They even contemplated partial membership in football with a reduced schedule. The BigTen said ALL OR NOTHING.
The BigEast is now the LEAST presitigious of the Big6 as far as football goes. True, they are still a basketball power. But the ACC is still the best overall basketball conference.
The idea that Notre Dame would seek more prestige in the BigEast is a bit farsicle. The fact is that if Notre Dame had their way, they would be part of the BigTen in non-football sports. Their faculty desperately want to be part of the BigTen for the sake of their academic consortium that distributes big research grants. The BigEast has no equivalent.
In the heart of BigTen country, it's easier to form regional rivalries. It is also a lot less travel as Notre Dame is smack in the Middle of the BigTen.
I can respect the BigEast's desire for Notre Dame to save their football prestige. However, it's not going to happen. Notre Dame will do whats in the best interest of Notre Dame. Boston College, Virginia Tech and Miami all left the BigEast because it was to their advantage. Syracuse TRIED to leave but was rejected by the ACC. Pittsburgh openly wants to join the BigTen.
When everybody is jumping ship, why do you think Notre Dame would want to jump ON???????