You know, it's just been too long since somebody mentioned the idea of Notre Dame joining the Big Ten.
The whole situation reminds me of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, when Judge Reinhold fantasizes about Phoebe Cates shedding her top. Notre Dame shedding its independence has been dreamt about by many, but who knows when or if it will ever happen.
The latest dreamer begging to be caught in the bathroom is Lloyd Carr. The former Michigan head coach was in Montgomery, Alabama speaking to a group on Tuesday night when he looked into his crystal ball and told them all what the future holds.
"There are lots of changes ahead," Carr said at the Club, according to the Montgomery Advertiser's Wednesday website. "I'll give you one prediction and this is just a personal prediction, but I think Notre Dame is going to come to the Big Ten.As I said, this is nothing new. The Big Ten has invited Notre Dame to join the conference on many occasions, only to be rebuffed time and again. The conference tried to woo Notre Dame again this season before Nebraska decided to make the move and the Big Ten decided to stand pat for now.
"The Big 12 loses Colorado (to the Pac-10) and Nebraska, so you know something is going to happen there. I think we're entering a new era of expansion. What we saw last year, I just think (expansion) is not over."
The key phrase there being "for now." Jim Delany has said that the Big Ten will continue to explore expansion, and that could include another dozen roses and box of candy for Notre Dame. On a lot of levels it makes perfect sense for Notre Dame to make the move since it already has set rivalries within the conference. At the same time, Notre Dame is a school that is steeped in -- and to some degree suffocated by -- its own tradition, and making such a move goes against just about everything else it wants to be.
Unlike other schools the Big Ten may target, who would receive a significant revenue bump by joining the conference, Notre Dame doesn't feel as though what it would get out of the deal would outweigh what it could lose.
Tip of the hat to Mr. Dodd.