If we discount money, the ACC is the only conference that makes sense. While ND is situated in the midwest, it's hardly a midwest school. Most of its fans and alumni live on the east coast, and their reach is national in scope. Why would they want to constrain themselves to being in a midwest conference when they could retain their midwest character by virtue of their current location, and expand their reach along the entire eastern seaboard?
That's why Notre Dame will most likely remain a football independent because they already play all their other sports in the Big East which includes areas with their largest alumni bases (Chicago-DePaul, New York-St. John's, New Jersey-Seton Hall/Rutgers, DC Metro-Georgetown, Philadelphia-Villanova/Temple, New England -UConn/Providence, and Florida-USF/UCF). I'm sure ND has lots of alumni in Dallas (SMU)and Houston as well. Financially, I'd like to see Notre Dame in the ACC but their EGO will prevent them from doing so. It's also that EGO that I'm concerned with if they ever did join the ACC.
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