All the recent talk about proposed conference expansion has centered around Texas being a prime target for either the Pac 10 or Big 10. Now the biggest domino in the BCS is indicating that maybe they are ready to look to make a safe fall.
Touchdown Jesus may send the signal that Notre Dame is
willing to play nice with others.
The talk of the Big East basketball tournament is that the Fighting Irish are studying their short-term and long-term options in BCS expansion.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Tuesday. "I believe we're at a point right now where changes could be relatively small or they could be seismic."
The Fighting Irish would like to stay an independent in football, but Swarbrick is worried that the realignment process will lead to 16-team super conferences, all with TV contracts that would dwarf what they are getting from NBC today. That pact gives Notre Dame $9 million a year and runs through 2015, and it pales in comparison to what teams in the SEC and Big 10 get today.
If Notre Dame is convinced that the Big 10 is ready to expand to 14 or 16 teams, they may be ready to jump on board.
That move would set off a chain of events that would indeed be swift and seismic in the transformation of the BCS as we know it today.