Editor’s note: I originally published this on December 29th, 2011. Looks like I saw the future a few months ahead:
As Notre Dame prepares to kick off versus Florida State today in the Champs Sports Bowl, the answer to where ND fits in the long term conference expansion is becoming painfully obvious. The Irish will face their fourth ACC opponent, and look to go 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
I understand the desire/need to stay independent in the short term, but in the long run, the ACC, not the Big Ten is their perfect natural home. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney said at conference basketball media day that there haven’t been discussions about ND joining his league for quite some time. And that’s fine. If ND in the B1G hasn’t happened by now, it’s not going to happen.
It’s kind of like if you need to ask a girl where you stand with her, you don’t want to know the answer. Simply, you stand in the friend zone, where decided to condescend/relegate you. Or as Louie Armstron...