If the conference realignment mess has taught us anything over the last three or four years, it is that one big move begets another. Conference commissioners just can’t resist moving the chess pieces around.
The news that Notre Dame is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in all sports but football is another shot in the back to the Big East. But what’s really surprising is that the Irish did anything at all, having convinced the alumni that Notre Dame is self reliant and far above anything affecting other schools.
Since Notre Dame doesn’t play football in the Big East, the loss of the Irish should have no impact on the league’s football outlook. It was good to have ND as an opponent in non-football sports, but the Irish really didn’t significantly move the needle on potential or actual revenue for the University of Louisville.
Back to the original point, however, the Notre Dame move does kick start the conference realignment process all over again. What happened up until now is child’s play. The massive egos of the SEC, the Big Ten, and the Big 12 conference commissioners and conference members will not allow them to stand idly by without responding in a very significant way to this latest power shift in college football.
Who knows where it will lead for the University of Louisville? The one certainty is that UofL is much too valuable a property to be left out of the equation as the process continues.