Triangle ACCtion: Notre Dame speculation continues
Posted July 9, 2012
TigerIllustrated.com dropped a speculative article behind their paywall Sunday night, with a source saying a group of ACC presidents met with Notre Dame.
That could mean anything, which makes it perfect for even more speculation in message-boards and on Twitter, but occasionally the simplest explanation is probably the correct explanation. The ACC is likely talking to Notre Dame about an Orange Bowl partnership and not about joining the conference.
It's not like John Swofford hasn't talked to Notre Dame about possibly joining the conference at this point. What conference commissioner hasn't? And if previous history is any indication, Swofford is the ninja of conference realignment. He lurks silently and then strikes when people least expect it. If Notre Dame is going to join the ACC, we wouldn't know about it until the press release gets sent from Greensboro.
Speaking of Swofford...
The Ninja Commissioner struck again last week by signing a 12-year partnership extension with the Orange Bowl.
The bottom line? An ACC champion that doesn't make the 4-team playoff event still has a home in the at-large bowl rotation and will send a replacement team if the conference champ is in the playoffs and the Orange Bowl isn't in the playoff rotation. Plus there's the added financial impact of the ACC gaining control of broadcasting rights.
The ACC just needs a partner similar to the Rose Bowl arrangements with the Big Ten and PAC-12 or the Champions Bowl arrangements with the SEC and Big 12. That's where Notre Dame enters the picture and is likely the reason officials met with the school over the weekend.
Swofford continues to keep the conference at the big boy table. It's up to the schools to actually do something about it with improved national performance.