Today it is reported that Notre Dame is going to join the ACC in all sports but football where they will stay independent, and it is all over ESPN. But my question is, who cares?
The last time Notre Dame won a national championship was in 2011 in fencing and 2010 in women’s soccer, which aren’t the most marquee sports in college athletics. Back in 2001 the women’s basketball team won the national championship and it was all the way back in 1988 that they last won a national championship in football. They have appeared in two Frozen Four’s and have won one Big East basketball championship back in 2000.
Notre Dame hasn’t been relevant in a marquee sport this century and it appears that the streak will continue till at least the middle of this decade.
For years the Big Ten was after Notre Dame to become the 12th member of the conference and it was a decision I was behind for a while. But now the teams aren’t any good and wouldn’t do much for the reputation of the Big Ten unless they can go back into a time before I was born when the school still mattered.
I guess this is a win for both the school and the ACC, Notre Dame gets to keep their TV deal with NBC and the ACC gets a school with a rich history and a mirage of an on the field product.
What do you fans think, did the Big Ten dodge a bullet by not adding Notre Dame or is this a bigger deal for the ACC than I am making it out to be? Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think.