Notre Dame May Be Forced To Reconsider

So much for the Southeastern Conference not being interested in expansion …

Kind of like Notre Dame would never join a conference.

The word circulating Saturday is that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive has been in College Station, Texas this weekend, meeting with officials at Texas A&M. Must have gone well. There are reports the Texas A&M regents may be making an announcement next week.

Under the new super conference alignments, what if the football powers chose to end the "special" status Notre Dame has enjoyed? Tradition doesn't count for much these days.

The University of Texas regents are set to meet Tuesday. Originally scheduled to discuss an invitation to join the PAC-10. Seeing as how Texas and Texas A&M appear to be joined at the hip,  a change on the agenda is likely, with SEC consideration coming first.

That would give the SEC 14 teams, and it could end there, but there are also a couple of reports that Oklahoma might prefer a similar geographic alliance over the one proposed by the PAC. Oklahoma State would obviously be receptive as well.

If so, that would wreak havoc with the PAC’s expansion plans, originally including Big 12 members Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

What would the PAC do then, extend invitations to Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Iowa State? Sounds far fetched but stranger things are happening. And how would the reported developments affect discussions between those schools and the Big East? And has Notre Dame been involved at any level in Big East deliberations?

One has a hunch that Notre Dame is feeling increased pressure. What if all these new super conferences are headed toward a playoff system?  Under the new conference alignments, what if the football powers chose to end the “special” status the Irish have enjoyed?

If there’s anything obvious about all the conference shuffling, it is that tradition doesn’t count for much these days.

Notre Dame may be forced to play a card soon.


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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Notre Dame May Be Forced To Reconsider

  • June 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm
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    To hell with the slightly pregnant Notre Dame. I have always been upset with their 81.78% membership in the Big East.

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