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@Irish Bob The fact that there is such a spirited discussion about this on an SEC site answers the question about ND's relevance. Reilly is dead wrong about that.
Why would ND want to join the Big 10? There are a lot of reasons. Last year the Big 10 Network paid out $22 million to each member school. This years payout is expected to be $24-25 million. It's carried nationally on Dish and Direct and regionally by all cable providers. Look at the map - BTN is available in virtually all of the major media markets. ND will use this as leverage when they negotiate their next contract with NBC.
Playing a conference championship game in Indianapolis in front of 80,000 for a chance to play in the national championship game, or at the least, a spot in the Rose Bowl, is a 'step down' that I think the Irish could survive. ND can still play USC every year. Yes, their schedule is incredible hard - and incredibly ridiculous. It just shows that they don't care about anything except being Notre Dame. And if that's what alums and fans want they should just stay where they are. The rest of us will just have to get along without them.
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The point is there is a statute of limitations on ND complaining that "Oh, we tried to join but Michigan said no" (insert the sounds of a baby crying). I don't care that ND wanted to joint the Big 10 in the l960s. They have been formally invited three times since 1992 (When Penn State joined).
The college football landscape has changed so much it's almost unrecognizable from its 1960s version. Stop crying about ancient history. Meghan started this by saying that ND wanted to join the Big 10 in the '90s. Not true.
Why has ND made so many bad hiring decisions, Bob? I mean almost forever. They've had two good coaches (Devine and Holtz) since Parseghian. All of them seemed to come out of left field and they all coached like it. I don't need to give you the list, but you have to agree.
When ND hired Brian Kelly I thought "this is the guy." But after a couple years I'm not so sure. The guy is wrapped way too tight. I'm not sure kids respond to that. And I wonder what the alums think of the guy.
When is "way-back-when?". I have lived in or around Ann Arbor since the end of the Schembechler era. I think I would have remembered that. And you're telling me that ND actually wanted to join the Big Ten? What are you talking about, the 1960s?
And who you callin' arrogant? :-)
And by the way I would love to see ND join the Big Ten.