Perhaps TS2 was correct all along: :o
Interesting notes from the article:
"Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said other Big East schools will announce series with the Fighting Irish in the coming weeks or months. Tranghese always has encouraged Notre Dame to play Big East teams in football because the Irish are Big East members in all other sports.
It seems now, with the conference's BCS berth in jeopardy after the 2007 season, that he [Tranghese] has pressed Notre Dame more."
Other notes about non-conference scheduling:
"Factor in the likelihood of the 12th game legislation being passed in the spring, and scheduling becomes a slippery slope for the Big East. Schools from all BCS conferences are going to have to add games in that case, but Long said the Big Ten and Pac-10 are talking about going to nine-game conference schedules if there is a 12th game, so non-conference games with schools from those leagues are unlikely."
This is some good and bad news for the BE. I like the idea of ND scheduling more opponents, but what deal with ND will be needed for the BE to keep the BCS if the BE feels they will lose it? I will have to wait for details before I pass judgement.
In addition, if BE teams fail to schedule at least one 'medium' or 'big time' opponent then it will hurt them in the strength of schedule catagory. In addition, it won't help with national perception if they go to the BCS (or OOC games) and get killed either. Since SEC teams won't go north of Tennessee to play OOC, the BE is left to schedule games with the Big12 or ACC. I'm not sure how willing the ACC is to schedule any new games (read not currently under contract) with BE teams.
Also, some schools (Pitt, SU) need big time opponents to help get people in the stands/sell tickets for games. So, who's left?
Let's see how this shakes out......