Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE gets reaction from Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick on recent changes in the Big 10, Pac-10 and Big 12.
“There’s been nothing at all that’s happened that directly impacts us or our evaluation of what’s going on.
“We continue to be focused on trying to do what we can to maintain our football independence and ensure the long-term viability of the Big East. Those two things aren’t impacted by the events of this week.”
Swarbrick did indicate though that ND’s situation could change.
“It very well may happen (changes that could force Notre Dame football to affiliate). But my best guess is, there may be a little bit of a break here as people analyze the situation and reflect on their own interest. We may have a bit of a pause before there’s more activity.”
Swarbrick on the Big Ten:
“There have not been any substantive discussions between Notre Dame and the Big Ten. I know people like to write stories that we’re on the clock, or we’ve issued some conditions or they have. None of that is true.”
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany last Sunday said that if the Big Ten was to expand, the conference might do it in stages. That’s what Swarbrick is alluding to.
Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe said earlier today that “it was his understanding” that the Big Ten was not interested in anymore Big 12 schools. With that in mind, perhaps the Big Ten will stand pat or turn its attention to Big East schools like Syracuse, Rutgers and Pitt.