Amidst all of the conference consolidation chatter–specifically with the Big Ten’s alleged plans to take over the entire east coast, the head football coach at Notre Dame has weighed in on the matter.
“From my standpoint, being the head football coach at Notre Dame, there’s nothing better than being an independent football school,” he said, eliciting a roar from the gathering of roughly 300 people. “I know you’re hearing all these rumors about the Big Ten and all these other things, but let me tell you one thing, the history … the tradition of Notre Dame football is steeped in that independence.” –SB Trib, via FanNation.
A lot of people have been on Notre Dame’s case to join a conference, and maybe that’s just the fascist tendencies of fans that like to see teams neatly organized in the conference standings page or something. But I’ve never seen a case for them to join the Big Ten. They get their own TV money (for now), they can play anybody they want, they get an annual payout from the BCS…what the hell do they gain in joining the crowd? Besides the joy of watching the league try and cram a “2” under that “T” in their logo. That would almost make it worthwhile.