The way that articles is written, Hollis is all in for scheduling Notre Dame when he can. If Delany still has hopes of luring Notre Dame, Michigan State isn't helping.
Do you think MSU's being flexible? Seven home games and the nine-game conference schedule is one thing, Hollis is not a fan of the 1-1-1 model ND would prefer:
For MSU, the desire to keep the Notre Dame series alive will mean at least one neutral-site event and likely a big payday, but Hollis doesn't want it to become a habit.
"A game in East Lansing means a lot to a lot of people," he said. "There's employees, there's suite holders, there's ticket holders, there's the town, the hotels. It's a bigger thing to think about than just financial return to the athletic department."
Let Hollis champion the local economy of East Lansing with that view. I'm sure replacing the Irish with Sun Belt, MAC, and FCS fare will be totally epic and bring life and prosperity back to the Rust Belt. Totally awesome to see where the students are in that, too.
I saw this
floating around various ND boards that cover ND's model. The three schools that stay on the schedule are ones who are flexible with ND's "constraints." From the above, I think that's why MSU (as well as Michigan and Purdue) fell off. The Big Ten schools are flexible...for the months of August and September. ND "needs" a little more than that (I thought ND gave the ACC the dates they were available, as it appears ND is giving the ACC some of that Aug/Sept time, too). I'm not certain those three are willing to be part of the Shamrock Series gimmick, but that's just another imposition Notre Dame expects others to yield to. Notre Dame gets to play the victim again, saying "nuh uh, we don't get seven home games" when they control the ticket flow and get the home designation for that game.
Forking out $250,000 to cancel a return game to South Florida in order to schedule Arizona State sounds like waste, but maybe they see it as a profitable opportunity. What happened with all those desires to find Florida recruits?
B1G-PAC mattered more to the Big Ten than being in Florida does, apparently. On one hand, it's a better money game...ASU will travel, and MSU will come out to see this game. But, Florida is where you want to be seen, and you can do worse than USF.