Report: 2 Things Could Push Notre Dame To The Big Ten

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It's no secret that the Big Ten would love to add Notre Dame to the fold, especially after connecting USC and UCLA to the Pac-12 last week.

Although for decades, fighting has been proudly independent in Irish football,

And the rest is a school priority, according to Sports Illustrated's Pat Ford.

However, Ford said there are two factors that could move Notre Dame out of freedom and into a league,

Most likely the Big Ten.

"Two areas to oversee: the fate of both the college football playoffs and the Atlantic Coast Conference," Ford wrote.

"If one or both collapses, Notre Dame could be forced into the Big Ten.

According to his current contract, the playoffs will cease to exist in January 2026. There's no guarantee another iteration will take its place at any size."

Most of the writing assumes a playoff, and it's going to be big."

Says industry source. "I'm not sure about that assumption."

Currently, Notre Dame has ACC members for all sports except football and hockey.

And the Irish partner with the league on the gridiron, playing with up to five ACC opponents per year.

The league would love to find a way to lure ND in full-time, but outside the COVID-affected 2020 season, that hasn't happened.

In addition to the issues Ford noted, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn recently said

That the upcoming Big Ten television rights talks could influence the decision-making of his alma mater.

The big [ten] rights will be determined by 2 key factors: what is the opportunity cost, and who is left out of the CFB," Quinn said on Twitter.

"ND sits in a position to take advantage of the many networks competing for its home game rights.

How desperate would 3 letter networks be for CFBs that don't share the Big [Ten] rights?"

The Big Ten's current media rights deal expires in 2023. Fox is reportedly already in line to cover "at least half" of the league's football games,

Also reportedly "likely to secure a package" with CBS.

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