This post probably belongs on another thread, or it could belong on this thread or both. With that said, I'll jump right into my post: ND needs to crap or get off the toilet!!! I'm beginning to think that if push came to shove, ND would actually join a conference. Now, the question is this: how do we get that "push come to shove"? There is the $50 million question. What's going to have to happen is that the BCS and the Big East are going to have to put their delusions and fears aside and start thinking practically. If the BCS shuts ND out, just what does ND have for a recourse? Seriously, what options does ND have if it is shut out of the BCS? I don't care if ND is #5 in either the AP or Coaches polls or both. If ND isn't in the BCS, ND can only go to a very good non-BCS bowl. Period. End of discussion. And that will get ND thinking. Yes, the bowls' will probably balk at this at first. But really, what do the bowls have to lose?? The BCS can really play this factor up if they really wanted to. Now to the Big East. The first thing the BE needs to do is determine which is better: all-sports or the current 16 conglomeration monster that it currently has. I suspect the Big East would go for all-sports long-term. We know that ND is not too keen on being in a conference with other basketball-only schools.
The BE tried to shuffle off ND with G'town, SJU, etc., and ND said "no way Jose!!" That's part of the reason why we have this 16 team conglomeration to begin with in the BE. If ND is put in this situation again, plus if it had to deal with being shut out of the BCS, ND would start seriously looking for an all-sports home ASAP. Where would ND join? To tell the truth, no one really knows presently. But, I like to look at Miami's move to the ACC as an indication of how ND might act. Why did Miami leave the BE? Better geographics, $$, and tv deal. Would ND be likely to join the ACC? I don't think so. The ACC and the SEC are primarily southern conferences with a few exceptions. ND is a northern team. That rules out southern conferences. Who are you left with: the Big East, the Big Ten, and the MAC.
Since the MAC isn't a BCS conference, we can rule out that possibility. Now we're down to the Big East and the Big Ten. ND is very familiar with the Big Ten in football. However, ND is very unfamiliar with the Big Ten in everything else. ND is very familiar with the Big East in all-sports but football. Now, back to Miami and the ACC. Miami had an invite to join the SEC at one time. However, as we all know Miami didn't join the SEC. Why? Miami cited a lack of private schools being in the SEC. Vandy is the only private school in the SEC right now. Also, UF wasn't too crazy about the idea of having to compete with Miami in the SEC. Plus, it was easier for Miami to get to the national title game by being in the Big East as opposed to the SEC. The SEC has a lot of parity. The Big East does not. Miami jumps at the ACC. Why? Like the Big East, the ACC also does not have much parity. Like the Big East, the ACC also had more than one private school in the conference. Basically, the ACC had the advantages of the Big East, plus it was a southern conference. Miami jumps. Now lets look at Notre Dame, the Big East and the Big Ten.
As I've stated previously, there is not much parity in the Big East. Beat WVU, and you've practically won the conference. Now look at the Big Ten. There is a LOT of parity in the Big Ten. Advantage: Big East. The Big Ten might as well be the SEC North-- only one private school in the conference: Northwestern. In contrast, the Big East definitely has more than one private school in the conference. Advantage: Big East.
This is why I don't put too much stock in ND to the Big Ten rumors anymore. Recents trends don't favor that happening.