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07:17 AM ET 07.08 | Mike Brey may consider Mike Krzyzewski a friend and a mentor, which doesn't mean he always agrees with the Duke head coach. It's common knowledge in college basketball circles that Krzyzewski was not happy with the decision last fall of ACC commissioner John Swofford to extend an invitation to Notre Dame, which was able to keep its independent status in football, playing five games a year against ACC schools. ... Why not, wondered Brey. "First of all, isn't Mike Catholic?" Brey joked. "I feel I have to respond on behalf of my Irish. Come on, man. Come on. In this time of conference realignment, you've got to think outside the box and John Swofford did that. He got us and we're in. Let's wake up and smell the roses. This is a whole new era."

South Bend Tribune

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July 8, 2013  08:41 AM ET

What is Coach K's objection?
He can't be afraid of more competition can he?

July 8, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What is Coach K's objection?He can't be afraid of more competition can he?

It didn't state it directly in the article but I got the impression that Coach K's objection was to the special treatment ND got regarding football. In poker terms, ND didn't have to go "all in" with football. Only had to ante up five games every hand.

July 8, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It didn't state it directly in the article but I got the impression that Coach K's objection was to the special treatment ND got regarding football. In poker terms, ND didn't have to go "all in" with football. Only had to ante up five games every hand.

Oh, and

CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT SUCKS

anyways!

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July 8, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Oh, and CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT SUCKS anyways!

Okay DC, tell us how you would like the conferences to look. How far back shall we go? Do we want a Southwest Conference? Should the Pac-12 go back to the Pac-8? Only 10 in the B1G? What would you do if you were the king of college football?

July 8, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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Only 10 in the B1G? What would you do if you were the king of college football?

I've suggested repeatedly that the conference needs a name change. "Big Ten" has been meaningless and a comical slight to the membership since PSU joined. Keep in mind, conference leadership gave CFB "Leaders" and "Legends" divisions, but refused to even entertain changing "Big Ten" to "Big Tough" (thus preserving the brand, "BTN," deemed invaluable by Delany).

July 8, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Okay DC, tell us how you would like the conferences to look. How far back shall we go? Do we want a Southwest Conference? Should the Pac-12 go back to the Pac-8? Only 10 in the B1G? What would you do if you were the king of college football?

If I were king? One of two ways.

1. Just put the "biggies" in one or two conferences and let them slug it out. Then go back to their other conferences for the rest of the sports. Of course, this leaves out the bottom feeders in some conferences and some pretty good middle of the road conference teams. But, it's all about money anyway...and mainly football money.

2. The other extreme. Have conferences small enough and regional enough (...West Virginia in the Big 12, Maryland in the B1G, Notre Dame is not on the Atlantic Coast, etc) where they can play round robin for equity in scheduling. It'd be nice to maintain some rivalries if possible but conference affiliation doesn't necessarily stop that if they are willing to play non conference games annually. I miss Nebraska/OU type games.

That's my two cents worth...which is about all it is worth. I have to admit that I'm more of a CFB purist. I want to see good games instead of those that are money driven only. But, I've come to the conclusion that bias of mine is considered un-American.

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July 8, 2013  01:42 PM ET
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If I were king? One of two ways. 1. Just put the "biggies" in one or two conferences and let them slug it out. Then go back to their other conferences for the rest of the sports. Of course, this leaves out the bottom feeders in some conferences and some pretty good middle of the road conference teams. But, it's all about money anyway...and mainly football money. 2. The other extreme. Have conferences small enough and regional enough (...West Virginia in the Big 12, Maryland in the B1G, Notre Dame is not on the Atlantic Coast, etc) where they can play round robin for equity in scheduling. It'd be nice to maintain some rivalries if possible but conference affiliation doesn't necessarily stop that if they are willing to play non conference games annually. I miss Nebraska/OU type games. That's my two cents worth...which is about all it is worth. I have to admit that I'm more of a CFB purist. I want to see good games instead of those that are money driven only. But, I've come to the conclusion that bias of mine is considered un-American.

Interesting ideas. I would prefer regional smaller conferences. For starters, the Big 10 would not have Penn State, Neb, Maryland or Rutgers.

July 8, 2013  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

What is Coach K's objection?He can't be afraid of more competition can he?

I seriously doubt Coach K fears competition from Notre Dame.

July 8, 2013  07:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I seriously doubt Coach K fears competition from Notre Dame.

Time will tell; with the ACC as a recruiting attraction, ND's BB program will be appeal to some good talented kids. Coach K knows that and is concerned.

July 8, 2013  07:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It didn't state it directly in the article but I got the impression that Coach K's objection was to the special treatment ND got regarding football. In poker terms, ND didn't have to go "all in" with football. Only had to ante up five games every hand.

That may be, but it's a short-sighted view.
With the weakness of Duke's FB program, ND will raise Duke's profile for FB recruiting. Kids want to compete against ND, if they don't get an ND scholly offer!

July 9, 2013  05:22 AM ET
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That may be, but it's a short-sighted view.With the weakness of Duke's FB program, ND will raise Duke's profile for FB recruiting. Kids want to compete against ND, if they don't get an ND scholly offer!

Wow, a super domer!

 
July 9, 2013  06:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Wow, a super domer!

Is there any other kind?

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