Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
Mods feel free to fold this into the other thread, but I think this has potentially huge implications for ND that deserve its own discussion.
Every year going back to 2007, Notre Dame has played five or six regular season games against B1G and Pac 12 teams. With B1G moving to a 9 game conference schedule (the Pac 12 already has one) and the apparent new scheduling agreement between the two conferences there appears to be little room left for scheduling Notre Dame. How can a revenue conscious AD justify locking themselves into an 11th home and home agreement even for the short term?
Without the B1G and Pac 12 as scheduling partners, Notre Dame will be forced to try and replace up to half of its schedule. Given the strictures of other conferences schedules it may be impossible for Notre Dame to fill out a BCS caliber slate. The end game may very well be that Notre Dame is forced to finally join a conference. A Machiavellian move by Delaney indeed.
Can schools host recruits or official visits at neutral location games?
Recently Texas A&M and Missouri announced they'd forgo their scheduled meetings at Cowboy Stadium and play a home-home series instead once they enter the SEC next season. One of the reasons they gave was the inability to bring recruits to the games. Since Michigan will be playing Alabama at Cowboy Stadium next year I wondered if this was true for us and we couldn't invite recruits to such a big venue too. Also frequently mentioned in the new B1G-Pac12 agreement was the idea of games being played at area Pro stadiums instead of at either teams home stadium. While teams might be reluctant to schedule a 1 for 1 series it would seem to be a huge drawback to not be able to recruit at those marquee events. Can recruits attend the Red River Rivalry? What's the rule?
As UM fans we have grown up under the mantra of toughness and hard work as taught to us by Bo Schembechler. It has been very good to us, but I thought it interesting when I heard about Oklahoma St only using half of their alloted practice time during the year. It made no sense to me and I thought it must have been a mistake but this latest article seems to indicate the same thing and it also says they never tackle to the ground. Obviously Oklahoma St is out performing their talent so it has worked for them, but it just seems so crazy.
I give him credit for out of the box thinking, but I won't say he's built a better mouse trap until he fixes that defense. Maybe offense works with minimal hitting, but defense doesn't? I don't know and we won't be finding out at Michigan anytime soon. I think Heiko should ask Hoke if he thinks tackling is a waste of time.
What do you make of this?
BREAKING: Pac-12 and Big Ten enter scheduling agreement. All 12 teams playing an inter-league football game starting 2017.
More information sure to be forthcoming but this has been picked up by a lot of people and could very well be the big news expected today.
Personally I think this is a great move for both conferences to get some high-profile home/away games going in a B1G-ACC Challenge type format.
Edit: Link for more info. Big items:
- Cross-Promoting each other's stuff on the conference tv networks
- Football not the only sport to be involved
- May keep B1G at 8-game conference schedule, per Delany