Notre Dame is leaving the Big East for the ACC and agrees to play five games per season against ACC schools.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Notre Dame football has never won a BCS bowl game. Imagine. Not one.
The Fighting Irish have finished in the AP Top 10 once since 1993.
The Irish have tried Charlie Weis, Tyrone Willingham, Bob Davie, Kate Upton, Blake Lively, George Clooney and Rudy as football coach since Lou Holtz brought them their last national championship 24 years ago.
You try to argue Notre Dame doesn't matter. You say it all the time. Only a month ago Rick Reilly of ESPN.com wrote an entire column explaining why Notre Dame was insignificant.
I am sorry, significantly sorry. But guess again.
Notre Dame announced today that the Irish are leaving Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference – and they didn't even bend far enough to agree to become an all-football member.
Doesn't matter. The Irish are the talk of the town, the area, the state, the region, the country again. Last time I checked – about 2:30 p.m. – Notre Dame was trending as the seventh leading story on Google News. The Irish bumped the ACC up to the No. 2 trending topic on Twitter – ahead of handy little gadget called the iPhone5 (available for pre-orders Friday).
That's juice – and Notre Dame has it, even if you don't believe that Brian Kelly will be more successful shaking up the echoes than Weis, Willingham, Davie and the other washouts.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the Big East, it got worse.
Notre Dame jumps to the ACC willing to do something it would never do for the Big East – schedule five game per season against ACC schools. No, they won't compete for the league title. They're Notre Dame. They have other places (Dublin, San Antonio, Chicago) to go and friends (USC, Navy, Michigan) to see.
But places like Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina State can expect to play Notre Dame at least once every three seasons.
That's recruiting juice that all those schools can use. If you play the Irish in South Bend, you're guaranteed 3 ½ hours of national TV time. If the Irish come to your campus, you can expect ticket scalpers, sold-out hotel rooms and ESPN or ABC cameras. It's Notre Dame. The next Rocket Ismail, Paul Hornung or Joe Montana will be walking through that door.
The Big East could never get Notre Dame to embrace an idea like that. The Irish played Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse and a few others, but they were never all in.
They brought energy to Madison Square Garden when Mike Brey upgraded the ND basketball program, but now even that will be gone. The women's basketball program has become a national player, good enough to attract a huge crowd to downtown Louisville for an afternoon game last season.
The Irish still move the needle as ferociously as any college program in the country. But now they'll be moving it for the ACC. It's another ugly day for the Big East.