Notre Dame’s Big Ten decision has other schools waiting for the next steps in the realignment.
With USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten in 2024, all eyes are on Notre Dame to see what comes next.
Notre Dame is an ACC school in all major sports except soccer. Their national independence is so hard to give up voluntarily because of the sweet television deal the Fighting Irish have with NBC. It was a key point why they didn’t join the ACC as full-time members outside of the COVID year. When the Irish go after the Big Ten, everything changes. More episodes will follow.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd reported: “Oregon and Washington have been told by the Big Ten that they are on hold for the time being. Awaiting a decision from Notre Dame.”
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From a geographic and rivalry standpoint, adding Notre Dame would be a no-brainer for the Big Ten. Two of its member institutions call Indiana their home, and the Irish have many teams they actually have natural rivalries with (Michigan, Michigan State, etc.). Notre Dame would also meet the academic requirements of the conference as it is an AAU university.
Logically, the next two schools likely to poach the Big Ten and further destroy the Pac-12 would have to be Oregon and Washington. Not only are Oregon and Washington historically two of the greater college football powers in the West, but they are also member institutions of the AAU. Factor in the Portland and Seattle media markets and these additions work.
Finally, it really seems like the days when Notre Dame had national independence are coming to an end. The Irish will either have to dance with those who brought them into the ACC or turn to the more geographically appropriate and respected academic conference that is the Big Ten. Get your popcorn ready because this movie is just getting started.
Oregon and Washington may join the Big Ten, but we’ll have to see what the Irish want first.
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