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Notre Dame wants to talk to Catholic 7
By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, Mar 1, 2013 10:11 PM EST
As negotiations between the Big East and breakaway Catholic 7 schools proceed, there already is talk of adding another famous catholic school to the newly forming league.
With the Catholic 7 -- Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall, St. John's, DePaul and Providence -- moving faster toward a new league than what many thought, Notre Dame has expressed interest in joining the "new" Big East.
ESPN reported Thursday that Butler and Xavier would be added to the Catholic 7 immediately, with Creighton, Dayton and St. Louis coming behind them in 2014-15.
But on Friday, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he would welcome the opportunity to talk about the Irish being included in expansion talks -- even if only for one year.
"If the Catholic 7 is leaving and forming its own conference for next year, they could certainly call us to want to explore our options," Swarbrick said. "And if they were interested in accommodating us, it would certainly be a viable option. We have a lot of respect for those schools and know them well."
In February, Notre Dame said it would stay in the Big East for the 2013-14 school year before bolting for the ACC. But that was before the Catholic 7 stated its intent to start its own league reshaping what the current Big East will look like.
"Their goal, I know, is to get Xavier and Butler and maybe look for a 10th team," Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey said on his radio show on Thursday.
On Friday, Brey's boss said Notre Dame might not mind being that 10th team.
Meanwhile, Big East presidents and athletic directors -- minus the representatives from the Catholic 7 -- met Friday in Atlanta to discuss issues, including a financial settlement in which the Catholic 7 would take the Big East name. Also discussed was a departure date for the seven teams, which could be as early as this summer.
"We had some good conversations; didn't reach any conclusions and our negotiations with the other group on continuing. That's it," Big East commissioner Mike Aresco said. "We had great discussion on some other topics."
From Yahoo! Sports: As negotiations between the Big East and breakaway Catholic 7 schools proceed, there already is talk of adding another famous catholic school to the newly forming league.
I like how their AD says, "IF they will accomodate us".....
I'm tired of conferences "accomodating" Notre Dame.....just say NO...All in or nothing!! That will bring them off of their "holier than though" stance they've had for far too long, undeservedly might I add...
I too am tired of Notre Dame doing everything they can to avoid joining the B1G. Yes...they became "some-what" relevant by playing in the MNC, but they were overmatched as many people knew they would be...by comparison, tOSU was favored against Florida and in many circles was either favored or a slight underdog to LSU.
ND will continue to play their childish games of avoiding the B1G while having the opportunity to play as many as 3 of our teams...WHERE'S THE LOGIC IN THAT?
Eventually ND will have to join a conference when the major players decide to overtly delare that they have decided to establish themselves as "Super Conferences", and ND will have no choice but to join (All-In...All Sports), or be left out in the cold.
In many circles, 90% perception is reality therefore it is believed that once the Super Conferences are established...that they will have the power. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy College Athletics over the spectrum, but the driving sport IS Football.
By the way, I have believed for some time that either ND joins the B1G, or we stop playing them as a Conference. Conference unity means being unified on all fronts!
With that said, the SC's will play hardball with the NCAA or form their own Governing body. Look at it this way...We are Americans, and were tired of paying England Taxes to their Government and Their King, so we decided as a Nation that they either work with us, or we'll kick their butt back across the pond...you see what happened right?
The inequity of the rules makers at the NCAA is becoming glaring and many people with the power are deciding whether the NCAA would fill the bill for future endeavors.
So it really comes down to one option for ND, either join the B1G and enjoy that Humble Pie with Cool Whip or be left out!
"Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state."
Notre Dame joining the catholic league is probably a better option than going to the ACC. They can play all sports and can go back to their traditional football rivals. Playing 4-5 ACC teams would have probably hurt their schedule strength.
"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword never encountered automatic weapons".
General Douglas MacArthur
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