Notre Dame to ACC in all sports but football

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  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Sept. 12, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    Here's the opinion of Ivan Maisel of ESPN

    "Notre Dame's independence will die of asphyxiation. With the announcement Wednesday morning that the school will play five football games a year against ACC opponents as a condition of its league membership... the Fighting Irish are still, barely, independent.

    The vital signs of Notre Dame's ability to forge its own path have weakened over the two-decade life of the BCS and its antecedents. It is no longer an equal partner with the other conferences.

    It is a weaker, meeker Notre Dame that made a deal with the ACC, the Monty Python knight yelling, "merely a flesh wound" as it loses limb after limb. Notre Dame has made sacrifices that the university and its partisans never dreamed would have to be made even a decade ago. Notre Dame is not a full-fledged member of the ACC yet. But the trend is unmistakable."

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    Sept. 12, 2012 4:07 p.m.

    Irish pundits are saying the writing is on the wall. ND will eventually join a conference, the ACC. Since the BCS era their impact behind the scenes as an independent has dwindled. They know that the road to a BCS title game is by joining a conference.
    When the ACC invites UConn, it will be a 16 team conference.

    This throws a curve ball at Boise St, San Deigo St, SMU and the others joining the Big East. It now appears they may become a basketball conference only.

    We are going down the road of inter conference strength of schedule. I know some BYU fans don't want to hear this. But in the end your ESPN contract is extremely small compared to what is going on out there. Who knows, the Big 12 could extend an invite and bend its rules a bit.

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Sept. 12, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    ND head football coach Kelly thinks Notre Dame is keeping independence even after 2015, and says they did this to get better bowl tie-ins for the years they don't make the BCS.

    Even if Notre Dame buys out of their contract, BYU shouldn't feel too upset. BYU is finding plenty of great games anyways (see 2013 schedule) and they would get a nice big fat buy-out check without even having to do anything. Most of the games in the Notre Dame series are far enough out in advance that BYU won't have too big of trouble finding replacement games.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 12, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    The news from out here in ACC land is Notre Dame's football TV contract ends 2015. This leave them the option to join a conference since the play off teams for national championship will come from the conference championships, shutting out the independents. They also report that under a proposed deal that would ultimately have ND join the conference officially in 2015, they would have a net increase in revenue. ND will start with a 5 game in conference schedule next year, solving some of its scheduling issues, and keeping their commitments with other agreed upon games. In 2015 that would likely move to an 8 game ACC schedule in football.

    I am sure BYU is doing some thinking around this.... it does change the table stakes a little.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    I agree with Southern Utah Cougar, it basically ends the Notre Dame game because the Fighting Irish will want to keep their other traditional rivalries: Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, USC, etc.

    It' too bad BYU snubbed the Big 12. They should now try to get in the Big East. Otherwise, the only opponents they will get to play at LES are Sun Belt, C-USA, and MAC teams. I think most Mountain West Teams won't schedule them with Craig Thompson discouraging it, and with as weak as most of the PAC-12 is this year, I don't see many of those teams wanting to schedule them either.

    If USU was smart, they would demand a home-and-home against BYU as BYU needs the game for scheduling purposes. I think if they don't get into the Big East, they may want to go back on bended knee and plead to get back into the MWC. If not, enjoy Southern Mississippi, Arkansas State, Miami of Ohio, etc., too bad, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, would have been a lot better.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    "I am still trying to figure out what it means, does the Big 12 go for BYU now?"
    Probably not. If they expand, the Big 12 would like to find partners/rivals for West Virginia. They'll look east. The Big 12 has stated several times that they are happy staying at 10 members. With their new TV contract, maybe people will start believing them.

  • Southern Utah Cougar Cedar City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    I don't think this changes anything with Notre Dame's Independence. With this switch they are basically in a conference with the original teams they put their other sports with when it was the Big East: Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Boston College. As part of the Big East in all other sports they agreed to play a certain number of games in football against Big Eats teams. I don't think they wanted to play the left overs of the Big East in footabll, but quality football schools from the ACC. Notre Dame's athletic director was excited that this move allowed them to keep their independence in football.

    The thing I am worried about is the future BYU-NDU football games on the schedule...

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    This means nothing other than ND has decided the Big East is a sinking ship for all sports. They'll stay independent in football, especially with guarantees of 5 ACC games plus bowl tie-ins. ND is great at limiting liability while fleecing suitors.

  • JustTheTruthMan bountiful, ut
    Sept. 12, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    Oh brother! Independence is NOT going to become a thing of the past. At least not any time soon. Did the synapses fail to fire around 'in ALL sports EXCEPT football'? Notre Dame is remaining a football independent with 5 games against the ACC each season. How does this signal an end? Come on!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    @ Boise Bill


    "The move allows the Irish to maintain football independence" is a direct quote from the article.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 12, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    If you read the article a few days ago about the Big 12's TV deal, Texas was allowed to keep their interests in the Lonmghorn Network, so coupled with the ACC's exception for Notre Dame as described in the article, it isn't a one-size-fits-all world any more. I expect the Cougars are giving due dilligence to all their options. In the meantime, the best thing for them to do is win games, keeping alive their 10-wins per season streak, especially this and next year.

  • Boise Bill Meridian, ID
    Sept. 12, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    Independence will soon be a thing of the past. BYU better get on board.

    Sept. 12, 2012 9:33 a.m.

    I am still trying to figure out what it means, does the Big 12 go for BYU now? Or what now, just curious, I don't want banter from this because I am sure Ute fans will have some classy thing to say.