Notre Dame: Never Mind About All That Big Ten Stuff

↵Do you remember the simpler times when Big Ten expansion was a debate↵between Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, and Missouri? When the end results of↵conference shuffling were not enormous 16-team superconferences with the↵breadth and stability of the Soviet Union in 1991? Yeah, neither do I.↵

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↵A week or so ago, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick inaugurated↵the era of crazy speculation by saying there were↵"scenarios" in which the Irish would not be able to maintain↵their independence. None of these scenarios seemed remotely plausible,↵so college football media folk facing the long dark of the offseason↵naturally went to the implausible ones wherein the Big Ten annihilates↵the Big East with lasers and picks off an orphaned Notre Dame in the↵process. It's April. It's that or talking about spring football reports↵of dubious validity. ↵

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↵But just when we've all put together our ridiculous↵16-team Big WAC or even↵more ridiculous 15-team promotion/relegation structure, Swarbrick↵has to go and pull↵the rug out from under us:↵

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↵⇥"The only things that could make it [conference affiliation]↵⇥happen are the sorts of radical change in the industry that would cause↵⇥upheaval and impact a lot more (schools) than Notre Dame. You wind up↵⇥with only three conferences. You wind up with two tiers of conferences.↵⇥Now, all of a sudden, it's not three divisions in college; it's four.↵⇥It's the big change.↵⇥

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↵⇥"I don't see that happening."↵⇥

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↵So if the Big Ten expands and California falls into the sea and the↵Big 12 picks off the remnants and large portions of the South becomes↵uninhabitable due to global warming, causing a second civil war that↵sees a tattered remnant of the SEC emerge victorious over forces from↵the ACC and scattered Big East rebels, then... then Notre Dame↵might consider dumping its independence. ↵

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↵Swarbrick would like you to send a pigeon to him when you're running around↵a Washington, DC that looks like Fallout 3. Until then, please↵keep your secular paws to yourselves, thanks. You may now resume wonderi↵ng↵if Rutgers can really bring the New York media market to heel.↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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