Thursday, September 13, 2012

Why Notre Dame picked the ACC over the Big Ten.

Want to know why Notre Dame picked the less-than-perfect ACC over the obvious match-made-in-Heaven pairing up with the Big Ten? Blame it on the obvious - Notre Dame wanting to be Notre Dame. Don't blame Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for not trying to get a deal done, though. The conference just wasn't willing to have ND as a part-timer. It wanted ND as a full member.

"Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick have an excellent relationship, but it became clear in 2010 that a union would not work.

The Irish wanted to maintain football independence, and the Big Ten would not even consider adding a partial member. It’s a split-everything, all-for-one and one-for-all league."

Translation: Notre Dame wanted the Big Ten as a friend with benefits, and not a full-scale marriage. Jim Delany wanted the ring, the big wedding, and the pre-nup. You can see why this one was never going to work out.

Of course Notre Dame will probably continue it's in-the-world-but-not-of-it ruse of having as many Big Ten schools on its schedule as it can get away with. Because ND does try as well as it can to have its cake, eat it too, and not get fat from it. And as long as the ACC is happy with shacking up over marriage, everything will be fine. The B1G just doesn't play foolish relationship games like that.

(via The Chicago Tribune)