It’s tempting to read too much into yesterday’s news that radical conference expansion/realignment might force Notre Dame’s hand, primarily because it’s not clear that such a level of change is about to happen. If all that happens in the near future is that the Big Ten does in fact pull the trigger and add one team to its membership, is that really enough to make the Irish give up their vaunted independence?
On the other hand, if things do start getting crazy, Notre Dame doesn’t want to be the loser in a high stakes game of musical chairs.
Staying with the Big East could be a concern as the other leagues possibly take teams for their expansion.
“What if realignment impacted the shape of the BCS?” he said. “Also, the Big East has been a great home for us [in other sports], but if there are fundamental changes to the Big East as a result of realignment, what does that do? What if a few conferences further distinguish themselves from the field? What are the competitive ramifications of that?
It’s just that nobody’s offered enough – yet.