March 12th, 2013 at 12:41 AM ^

Now that the Big East a Catholic basketball conference, the 3 football schools that have been there the longest(UConn, Cincinatti, South Florida) probably just want to get the most exit money possible. I mean, UConn basketball has to recruit kids to the American 12 conference now.


March 12th, 2013 at 8:33 AM ^

As they're joining the conference, we'd better get the nickname down. I live in ACC land and theirs took me a while. (Better than Scarlet Knights though, which sounds like a glow-in-the-dark condom brand!)

Apologies if that was a pun on their skills btw (turrible?).


March 12th, 2013 at 4:00 AM ^

In 5 years or so we're basically going to be able to rename the ACC the Big East anyways.  I hope ND didn't burn any bridges leaving the Big East as half the conference is moving with them, and the rest isn't too far behind.


March 12th, 2013 at 8:29 AM ^

It has been brought up before, I believe, but one of the lasting legacies of Notre Dame in the Big East was their assistance in voting down what, for the conference at that point, would have been a lucrative television deal.

That deal, of course, is now a mere fraction of what it could have been, and Notre Dame, the Catholic 7, and some other school have since opted to leave, probably with this as a primary reason in some cases. Indeed, the Catholic 7 even took the name "Big East" with them, leaving the "Big East" of old to attempt a reinvention of itself.

If it should ever be the case that the ACC splits or is dissolved over time, I am sure the remaining mid-major would be happy to include Notre Dame and all of her varsity sports....on the an out-of-conference game. 


March 12th, 2013 at 1:29 PM ^

ND obviously feels that the ACC is a natural extension of how they schedule: lots of low-hanging fruit that looks OK in the computers, a few almost elite teams, and one or two really tough games a year.  

It's sorta sad that they have to make their kids travel that much when the Big Ten would be so much easier.  This move really says that ND is afraid of the Big Ten, better than any commenter, blog post, or article could.

eamus_caeruli (not verified)

March 12th, 2013 at 9:22 PM ^

Besides being in SB, ND doesn't fit the mold of a BIG school from an academic standpoint or even demographics. We have 12/14 big time research schools, they are not. Most are BIG state schools with diversity of people and thought, they are not. I actually I am glad they never joined the BIG. Now that we will most likely add two ACC schools, ACC will be watered down to BE material in the next couple years.