Get used to reading this sentence every couple of days again: Notre Dame has denied a conference realignment news item. Ah, how we've missed reading that sentence!
The latest cause for down-shooting: a Chuck Neinas memo that listed the Irish as the only team capable of bringing in enough TV money to make realignment worth it. The memo cited ESPN and FOX Sports, the Big 12's television partners.
In response, Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick told the Chicago Tribune, "We are not in any active decision-making process," adding, "I have tried to be consistent throughout saying, look, there are three things we have to know: what our media future is, what the postseason of college football future is, and what the future of the Big East is. Two of those three pieces, I think we're going to have great certainty on."
Now that the playoff picture is mostly set, revenue splits and bowl participation aside, Notre Dame-to-the Big 12 becomes once again the biggest story that doesn't really have much to do with immediate football being football.
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