Notre Dame joins ACC in everything but football (and hockey)


Notre Dame left the Big East for the ACC but maintained its football independence. Discuss.

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108 comments:

  • IU_football_fan says:

    ACC gets a premier institution
    Bolsters the ACC’s prominence

    The BIG Ten is BIG loser here
    Big 10 likely loses some games against ND – with 5 football games against ACC teams will they play 3 against Big Ten teams – unlikley

  • Debbie says:

    ND’s current schedule has 3 ACC teams on it right now, BC, Wake and Miami. ND plays Pitt every year and they are moving to the ACC so ND only needs to add 1 ACC school to their schedule to make 5. Add 3 B1G schools, Navy, USC, and Stanford as 3 other traditional rivalries, that leaves room for 1 more on their schedule. Point is, rushing to judgement on them dropping a B1G school is premature. Michigan and Purdue are traditional rivalries I think ND would keep. Maybe MSU drops, but I doubt that as there is a history there as well. PU could be a candidate to drop since ND has had their way with them for awhile now, but I doubt it.

  • Wisco says:

    Screw Notre Dame.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Digger and ND have always been part of the ‘East Coast Establishment’….Going to bed with the ACC only formalizes the love affair. Indiana will always be the envy of these wannabees. They all want to wear the Hoosier big shoes(closest Digger will ever get is schmoozing with Bobby on an ESPN set), but when it comes to basketball and the college that put Midwest hoops onto a national stage, they fully understand their massive shortcomings and tiny feet.

  • Chet says:

    This topic has been hashed out before but ND has never been a candidate for Big Ten membership unless the rules have changed. While it’s a fine school, the fact of the matter is the Big Ten requires it’s institutions to be graduate research universities and ND simply isn’t. That’s not a knock against ND, it’s just not it’s mission.

  • Chet says:

    You’re right. In basketball they’ll play in a big game once a decade. They have always been second tier (at best).

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    I commend AD Swarbrick for seeing the picture that will come to be the forgotten “little east” before it actually happened. This stabilizes the whole ND athletic department for the long term. The future *?* for Rutgers, UConn.

  • Podunker says:

    Can’t imagine why ND would not want to share the revenues they receive from their exclusive NBC football contract with all the other schools in the ACC.

    I wonder how much longer that NBC contract is going to run and how profitable it is for NBC? ND football is nothing special any more. I know they have tradition and a very loyal alumni group, but they have not been a top football program for many years. They’re mediocre at best. Given the other football games being broadcast at the same time, I’ll always choose to watch another game before watching ND. Whatever magic they used to have, it’s been gone for a long time.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    I think ND football will be back. I still think the tradition is there. I’ll always cheer for the Irish against USC or any the so-called “elite’ teams of the Big 10(those same elite teams that traditionally lost 9 out of every 10 games in a Rose Bowl contest against USC or UCLA over the last three decades). Though the contest in South Bend against Purdue went down to the wire, I think it’s more about PU having(dare I say?) a pretty strong team this year.

  • Chet says:

    I’ve always liked ND. I had a girlfriend at IU whose family had a bunch of season tickets and I’d get invited from time to time. Great atmosphere. I’d take the experience over most any SEC stadium any day of the week (kinda cold sometimes, though).

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    There is definitely a football mystique that grips at the core when you see those golden helmets take to the field…ND basketball will forever paddle upstream against that historic fire in the belly for football; much like IU football plods against the enormity of b-ball’s tradition, the Hurryin’ Hoosiers, and the soul of our heartbeat attached to the candy stripes of storied McCracken.

    Chet- Did you somewhat agree with me? Have you been tapping into weed?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Nothing better than football in the cold blustery elements of a Lake Michigan snow squall blowing over ND stadium, Chet…It’s when those cute little blond Catholic girls like to nestle up close to their studly wrastlin’ boyfriends.

  • Chet says:

    You described Susanmary (really) to a tee.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Diamonds at Duke..Fake classes at NC…Athletes withdrawing because of cheating on take-home tests at Harvard?

    And to think the NCAA took down IU hoops for 3-way calls, a backpack, and water bottle. And why didn’t we give Patterson some take-home tests? Why? Because ‘The Establishment’ would fry our a$$.

  • iuhoosier1992 says:

    ND’s just extended their contracts with Michigan, MSU and Purdue. Michigan’s contract runs from 2012-1031, Purdue’s runs to 2021 and MSU’s is a little different. Their contract with ND goes until 2031, but their contract states that they play 4 years in a row, take 2 years off, then play 4 years. MSU and ND don’t play each other in 2014-2015.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    The Lance Thomas thing is quite perplexing…I’m still trying to figure out how nobody saw the warning signs.

  • Geoff says:

    I still don’t get your fascination with the “east coast establishment”….

    You just described 3 instances where the schools are under immense scrutiny, and either being punished or investigated.

    So how is that different from anywhere else, like say IU or Texas or USC?

    It seems that the media is an equal opportunity back-hoe just looking for a pile of dirt to dig into regardless of the back yard.

    Whatever bias you perceive is based on an antiquated perspective that has been abolished by the Internet, the 24-hour news cycle, and 1000 channels of cable TV.

    There is no establishment protecting the Dukes, UNCs, PSUs, UConns, Syracuses, or Harvards. The last time IU got in trouble it wasn’t because of a story from an east coast establishment, it was from a governing body in their own back yard.

  • Chet says:

    East Coast be bad.

    I rest my case.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    The Establishment brought down IU on the eve of the NCAA tournament over a 3-way phone call investigation. A school that was turning its back on the raping of children is playing football this year on major sports networks. Contemplate.

    John Calipari coached the championship NCAA basketball team last season. Contemplate.

  • Ron (in Utah) says:

    Say what you want but I still remember some of the UCLA – Notre Dame basketball games of the late 60′ and 70’s. I was living in Ca. and it was nice to see some Hoosier state upsets. Of course there were the games where UCLA wiped the floor with them.

    On a side note I recently flew to Denver and the Ball State girls Volleyball team was on the same flight. They were so young, healthy looking and excited. I can’t remember being that young, health and excited.

  • Geoff says:

    Here’s my contemplation…

    The PSU football program was not spared by any stretch. They are experiencing the worst sanctions since SMU. To shut down the football program completely would have meant shutting down at least half, if not all, the sports at PSU because of the overwhelming amount of money they bring in to cover Title IX.

    UK is not on the east coast. They are in the same part of the country as IU. What does that have to do with your point.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Calipari made his name on the east coast(his first vacated title). He is Pennsylvania born and went to North Carolina schools for college. He’s as Establishment as they come. Corrupt to the core and given a free pass despite all the harm he’s has brought to the credibility of college basketball.

    PSU should not be playing football this year. I understand the innocent victims argument..TOUGH! Only ‘The Establishment’ and the major media outlets they dominate with heavily weighted participants ruling the roost would give a free pass for television contracts from a university that only six months finally admitted to a decades long cover-up the raping of children in the showers their prestigious football school(without coincidence has placed many a prestigious journalist into the halls of the same sports networks giving the free pass). Their football program should have been left to rot in the scum its own creation.

    You’re so infected with ‘Establishment’ that you wouldn’t recognize if it was giving you an enema, Geoff.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    GO BEARS!!

    HERE WE COME, Patriots…HERE WE COME, Establishment.

  • Chet says:

    Harvard, Calapari had an ‘appearance’ vacated, not a title. He was still a small time crook at that point.

    Ron, ND had some great games against the Bruins during that time. How many great games can you recall them playing during the ’60s and ’70s? Two? Maybe three? To be honest, a couple upsets against UCLA is all I remember about ND back then.

  • Ron (in Utah) says:

    Chet, I think it was only two games. Seems as if UCLA was ranked #1 and had a unbeaten streak going when they were upset by ND

    I’m spending a month in Utah and BYU is worried they will lose the ND series.

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