Conference Realignment: Notre Dame Affirms Big East Membership

As Big East meetings continue in Florida, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish remain at the center of conference realignment's future. Notre Dame is a Big East member in sports besides football, meaning it has both its own football independence and league membership at stake as the map shifts.

The Irish say they're sticking with the current arrangement, despite contact with Texas keeping the rumors and speculation at maximum.

"Our operating assumption is that we will remain aligned with the Big East," AD Jack Swarbrick said. "I don't want to create the impression that there's some active evaluation of that going on. As I said many times, we're sensitive to the changes and we monitor them closely."

Swarbrick also downplayed his communications with Texas AD DeLoss Dodds.

With the Big 12, ACC and Big Ten all very presumably interested in Notre Dame, that makes four of the top six conferences directly invested in what comes of the Irish. We might start to find out more after the 2014 playoff plan is announced next month, but we'll definitely continue to see developments as 2015, when ND's NBC contract is up, nears.

For more on Irish football, visit Notre Dame blog One Foot Down, plus SB Nation Indiana.

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