Interesting commentaries. If Notre Dame could join a split away BE football contingent and negotiate to maintain their special TV contract to a major degree, that could be a workable arrangement and positive for the schools involved. However, Notre Dame will not even do that.
We don't know that yet. Alot of people are guessing what ND will do in the event of a split. They might go with the BB onlies or with the all sports conference. Who knows? I imagine that the FB schools will offer the same deal to ND they have now in the BABE (bowl deals in exchange to guarenteed games in FB -
The one thing we know for sure is that ND was given the option to join the BE before the ACC teams left and obviously did not.
One way Notre Dame may end up relinquishing future lucrative contracts independently, is for them to have a string of losing seasons and be shut out in being a BCS pick or chosen for other major bowls. Ironically, Notre Dame joining a football conference hinges on them having a long run of bad luck. What is happening this year, with mostly winning, and having very entertaining games with named opponents, are factors working contrary for them moving to a conference. In any other case, a school being picked for a major conference would be based on success, not difficult times. This could be a factor, for example, why the ACC did not seek to add Rutgers.
Remember that BC wasn't exactly a 'great' FB school either. I think since 1991 - the beggining of BE play - that BC NEVER
finished in the top3 until 2004!! They were a mediocre FB program at best.
BC was taken for many reasons including academics, private school, and the strength of the overall athletics program. However, one of the key factors for BC was that BC is the ONLY program in Boston - outside of some ND fans. The New York market is very fragmented between PSU, ND, BE, Big10, and ACC teams. If RU could deliver the NYC market, I am sure they would have been taken in a heartbeat. JMO.