The MountianWeak Conference will have a Conf USA team as it champion this year. Enough said!
Hmmm... wasn't the Big East hoping that a former Conference USA team would prop up its BCS status this year and maybe even go undefeated?
Anyway, ND has its perfect situation right now. Its independence in football allows it to enter into its own TV contracts and keep its status as the one true national school. Meanwhile, it can be a member of the deepest basketball conference in the country where it can play its East Coast and Midwestern Catholic school rivals. ND has no reason to change its status at all right now.
The question is what will ND do when the BE inevitably splits between the basketball-only and football schools (the 16 team conference is going to be fun while it lasts, but it's financially unsustainable).
The biggest problem I've had with all of the wishful thinking that ND will join the BE for football is that ND does not have anything in common at all with the BE football schools. While ND obviously has much in common with the BE basketball-only schools as a Catholic university, none of the BE football schools match up with ND in terms of school personality or geography. Even though Pitt and Syracuse may play ND on a regular basis, neither can be called a great rival of ND. The ACC would have probably been the best fit for ND's personality as a smaller private institution; the Big Ten matches up with ND in every other category in terms of geography and historical rivalries. The BE football schools provide neither, regardless of how weak or not weak the conference is. It can't be objectively explained to me why would ND ever want to be a part of that situation.
Can anyone logically explain to me why ND, if they ever succumbed to joining a conference, would choose to play in a conference with Syracuse, Pitt, and WVU (these are the historically strong BE schools that ND has played regularly - I'm not even talking about USF or Cincinnati) over Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State? Unless you're drinking some mighty fine kool-aid, how can that possibly make sense?