The Bishin Cutter wrote:
Nine's scrapped. Eight it is!
How long until the official ND football to ACC announcement, you think?
Oh dang! Looks like it's gonna happen.
In practical terms, ND would be just 3 fb games short of essentially being a full ACC member. While the arrangement with the ACC looks near ideal for ND, you know there is going to be near future pressure on ND from inside the ACC to give a complete commitment. In the BE's hybrid design, ND had allies to stay fb independent with low and ineffective pressure
to offer more.
It's a honeymoon right now with the ACC; but when the future issues related to disbursements, playoff factors, CCG, new TV contract negotiating, scheduling adjustments, etc., kick-in and show patterns, ND could eventually succumb to the new realities.
Swofford is shrewd enough he could sell a 1978 Ford Pinto to Jay Leno.
Agreed. Right now, things are set up where the ACC feels they benefit from ND being a member for basketball and other sports. Having ND play 5 games per season versus ACC schools gives the ACC schools futher TV presences via the ND audience, gets them onto even more NE and Midwest TV sets. Unlike the Big East situation, the ACC requires the 5 games, versus hoping that ND will schedule games.
For now it works as it keeps ND from the Big 12. But yes, in the future that could change if the landscape changes. There's also the next TV contract to consider.
That said, there might be something to the language ND has used. They keep talking about USC, Stanford and Navy. You here those 3 schools over and over again. How many schools is that? It's 3. If the ACC has an 8 game schedule, how many games, say, 5-6 years from now would each member have for OOC games? 3. So who knows...maybe that is
the long term plan by the ACC: to make an arrangement but keep it on the DL for ND to save face. Because can have time to transition from indy to ACC...keep many of the committments and see how things play out being a member of the ACC for other sports. Like a trial run.
That said, it's all speculation. At this point, I would assume ND is more than content with their arrangement: they get the ACC for other sports, play 5 FB games versus the ACC but get to remain indy. But if they find that being 1-2 loss indy gets them nothing regarding the playoff but a 1-2 loss ACC member benefits, only then would ND give the ACC as a full member a thought.