Originally Posted by DoogMinAmo
I do know this is part of the reason ND refuses to join a football conference, they don't want ot share their revenues. However, this NBC contract is coming to an end, and with the recent woes of the program, it does not seem like it will be renewed, hence the recent talk of ND maybe joining the ACC.
Notre Dame in the ACC makes absolutely no sense, especially when the conference in their own back yard -- the Big10 -- has an odd number of members.
Why would ND want to be a part of the ACC and snub the more logical Big10? What does it stand to gain by playing such nobodys (to them at least) as Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia? ND has a history with each Big10 insititution, possibly with the exception of Iowa. The only reason that I can think that ND doesn't want to join the Big10 is because the school doesn't want to dip into recruiting wars in the Midwest with other conference schools. That and the fact that ND wouldn't be big fish in the Big10 -- that prestigious distinction has always and will always belong to Ohio State and Michigan (regardless of records).
Also, ND consistently plays Michigan, MSU, Purdue and Northwestern and frequently loses to at least two of those schools a year. And let's not forget the two-year ND/OSU series in the mid-90s, when the Buckeyes embarassed the Irish in both games. Perhaps ND figures they have a better chance to compete in the ACC.