Notre Dame to play in Big East 1 more season
By TOM COYNE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame will stay in the Big East for at least one more season.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Thursday the university would like to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference before the required 27 months' notice for departing members, but was unable to reach an agreement to do so before next season.
"We've said all along we would try to develop a timetable for leaving earlier because we think it's in both parties' interest. That just hasn't happened," he said.
Swarbrick said because no agreement has been made to leave before next season, the Irish needed to move ahead as part of the Big East for 2013-14 so coaches could begin putting together schedules.
"We have teams that play ACC teams as part of their nonconference schedule. You have to know if you're booking those or not. Conversely, if we weren't going to be in the Big East, you'd probably want to be you're scheduling Big East teams in those games," he said.
Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey first brought up the subject during his teleconference Thursday, saying that one reason the university decided to remain in the Big East another season is it believes the seven Catholic schools that have decided to leave and form their own league will remain in the Big East next season.
"I feel strongly that the Catholic schools are going to be there with us. That's one of the reasons we decided to sit tight," Brey said. "It looked like the Catholic schools were not going to be able to formulate this league that they're going to put together by next season. Now I think anything could happen. Could they put it together in the next six weeks? I mean nothing would shock me."
Swarbrick said that if the seven Catholic schools left before next season, Notre Dame could reconsider its decision. Brey said he believes those schools will stay another season.
"But I think we feel that they're going to be in there, we're going to be in there, so the last hurrah is going to be next year, not this year," he said.
Swarbrick said, though, that even that isn't definite. The school announced in September it would be leaving for the ACC - football remaining an independent - meaning the 27-month notice doesn't expire until 2015. But Swarbrick said the Irish would like to leave after 2013-14.
"Because we think it's in everybody's self-interest. The negotiations are ongoing," he said.
Big East associate commissioner John Paquette declined comment Thursday.
Brey said the decision allows him to move ahead and start putting together a schedule for next season.
"Thank God we have some direction," Brey said. "We will play in the Big East next year, and you know what, I'm OK with that. I've had a little buyer's remorse on this ACC and going through the league and playing in these different buildings and wondering if it's going to be the last. So that you know you're in the ACC, excuse me, in the Big East, you can start to schedule you're non-league stuff."
Brey said the Irish already are scheduled to play Indiana in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis, Ohio State in the Gotham Classic and at home against Santa Clara.
Updated February 7, 2013
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