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Notre Dame Unlikely to Play ACC Hoops in 2013-2014

Not much to comment about here… the reports are that Notre Dame is unlikely to get out of the Big East in time for the 2013-2014 season.  At least part of the issue is what is going on with the so-called “Catholic 7” and their formation of a new league.  Notre Dame certainly does not want to be in a hoops conference with the leftovers from the Big East.  But if the Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, and DePaul group is still around for 2013-2014, the urgency to leave is reduced substantially.

We can expect the anti-ACC (i.e. West Virginia bloggers) to say that this is “proof” that the ACC is about to be raided and/or that Notre Dame is getting cold feet.  If that is true, it will only be dumb luck for those bloggers.  Even a broken clock is right twice a day.  If you throw out rumors every week, you will be bound to get a few right over a long enough period of time.

On another note, Frank the Tank has an interesting update on the Catholic 7 and the Big 10’s possible interest in Johns Hopkins for lacrosse only.  The Confidential continues to ponder whether the ACC should consider Navy for football only.  Another partner for Notre Dame.

 

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10 thoughts on “Notre Dame Unlikely to Play ACC Hoops in 2013-2014

  1. Vinnie Saltine on said:

    I agree with Frank that Tank that the B1G’s addition of Johns Hopkins in lacrosse illustrates that teams like UVA and Duke have little interest in leaving the ACC.

    But, give credit to the B1G for making these moves. While the rest of the mouth breathers in the BigXII are concentrating on football, the B1G is playing a game of chess. Adding Johns Hopkins not only gives the conference an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament (for whatever that is worth), but they cock-block the ACC from getting an auto-bid (since the subtraction of MD gives the ACC only 3 lacrosse teams, and adding SU and ND gives them only 5), and they will get additional programming for their network.

    If only ESPN and the ACC would realize that they could follow the B1G’s example and do the same thing. instead of just adding Navy for football (as a partner to ND), they should add them for all sports, which will give the ACC 6-teams in lacrosse.

    It’s your move ACC.

  2. I was JUST thinking about writing something about this! The WVU bloggers have been out in full swing since the announcement. Here’s my take on it-

    We didn’t expect ND until 2014 anyway. This is NOT news! I can’t believe the amount of people freaking out about this. Sure, maybe ND IS having cold feet, but they’re probably not. Putting all sports in the Catholic 7 expect football? Yeah right. The ACC gives them way more exposure than the C7 will EVER have.

    I’m warming up to the idea of Navy, Vinnie, and I think it brings up a good point. Maybe ND is waiting because the ACC is actually ADDING a 16th team, not losing a few in 2014. What if the ACC and ESPN are working on a mega-deal (that would completely eclipse what ND makes with CBS) and ND is joining full-time with another school next year? Certainly, that would take some time to work out, Pods, scheduling, re-branding. It’s not easy. I just can’t believe the hypocrisy of the WVU bloggers who continue to call for the death of the ACC and celebrate its demise when all they really want deep down is to join us after being rejected THREE times.

    • Vinnie Saltine on said:

      WVU fans are incredibly stupid. I came across this gem of an article over at “Smoking Musket” (which I’m certain is a euphamism for getting a blow job from your sister).

      The article faps all over Oliver Luck’s recent statements about College Realignment, and how this is supposedly amazing for the BigXII.

      However, two things jump out at me:

      1) Oliver Luck has zero credability when it comes to discussing college football. Afterall, he was the same guy who criticized any team that left the Big East (then bolted for the BigXII), and said that the Big East would be better-off without Syracuse.

      2) When I read this article, it seems to me that the BigXII is actually in a position of weakness. They need the B1G or the SEC to do their dirty work, and raid the ACC. However, if the B1G is unable to pry anyone else from the ACC (which leads me to believe that is one reason why they are going after Johns Hopkins for lacrosse) then the BigXII is screwed…GORs or not.

      http://www.smokingmusket.com/2013/2/7/3962592/wvu-athletic-director-oliver-luck-talks-realignment

      • The following link contradicts the earlier reports that the 7 plan on sticking through next season. As indicated on ESPN as well as other news sources, the 7 want out for Fall ’14 BBAll….that is NEXT year. So if that is true, what is going on with Notre Dame…or is it as simple as Swarbrick indicating after Brey that the earlier the better? Your opinion please.

  3. The following link contradicts the earlier reports that the 7 plan on sticking through next season. As indicated on ESPN as well as other news sources, the 7 want out for Fall ’14 BBAll….that is NEXT year. So if that is true, what is going on with Notre Dame…or is it as simple as Swarbrick indicating after Brey that the earlier the better? Your opinion please.
    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8931014/big-east-seven-catholic-schools-hope-split-summer-2014-source-says

    • Vinnie Saltine on said:

      If I’m reading this correctly, I’m not sure there is a contradiction.

      The C-7 want out in-time for the Fall 2014 basketball season (which is the ’14-15 season); ND said they will stick around in the BE for the 2013-14 season (next year), which would free them up for the ACC in the ’14-15 season, simultaneous with the C-7 starting their own league.

    • Vinnie Saltine on said:

      Also, if the Catholic 7 league was really smart, they would officially start the 2014 basketball season on Nov. 1, 2014…All Saint’s Day.

      • Vinnie, thank you for reply…got it. Now I am not usually a fan of WVU board and or posters and tweeters, but very recently they are now touting that ACC turned down a GOR again…and indicated Notre Dame would sign but only non home football games and UNC among others said no way. Here is link to their page, any comments aside from just BS? Also, I am concerned that we have heard absolutely nothing from Swofford…and for that matter nothing on ACC boards about GOR and realignment….silence at times can be bad..guess I am a true ACC fan!

  4. Heather Dinich (ACC blog, ESPN) said she’s talking to Swof at the start of next week. I’m not worried, but we’ll definitely have more answers then-
    http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/52188/friday-mailblog-105

  5. Vinnie Saltine on said:

    Big East Schadenfreude of the day, they finally received the offer from NBC sports…and it’s a fraction of the ESPN offer that they originally rejected. The new offer is about $2M/yr for the 12 teams in the new Big East. Remember, it was Ollie Luck who was most vocal about rejecting the $13M/yr that the Big East originally received.

    ESPN has the opportunity to match NBC’s offer; frankly I think they should pass and instead focus their savings on the ACC.

    In other news the Catholic-7 is looking at a new media rights deal as well, which is expected to be twice as valuable as the Big East deal.

    The big spender? Fox Sports. Not sure quite what to make of that one…

    http://www.espn.go.com/blog/bigeast

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