Riddle me this, Mr. Big East Commish . . .

. . . how does the Big East’s bowl agreement with Notre Dame help the conference in any positive way at all?

SI.com’s Stewart Mandel interviewed new Big East Commissioner John Marinatto.

Here’s part of the Q & A:

“SI.com: Do you anticipate any change in your bowl relationship with Notre Dame?

Marinatto: No. Notre Dame has been a good partner with us for the last 14 years. There’s no doubt that throughout that time we’ve come to rely on them and they’ve come to rely on us, and the opportunities that have been created for postseason football have been beneficial for both of us. We’ve talked to [Notre Dame AD] Jack [Swarbrick] over the last several months, and we’re both on the same page.”

Details please, Mr. Commish. How have “the opportunites that have been created for postseason football have been beneficial for both of us?”

Seems to me that all Notre Dame does in football is take away a bowl spot when they reach the threshold of wins, even if there are Big East teams that are higher rated with better records.

It’s long past time for the Big East to tell Notre Dame to shit or get off the pot. Play football in the conference or find another league to dump the rest of your athletic programs. Despite its national profile, the Irish add nothing special to the Big East mix unless they compete on the gridiron.

– Seedy K


  1. Eric B
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Mr. SK,

    I think it’s because of, not “despite” ND’s national profile that the Irish add to the Big East mix. While their program has been hurting for quite some time now, they do still garner a large national following. For better or worse the large following (with national exposure) = large $$. Like it or not, the Big East has just a regional following (not that there are not good teams in the conference). They are quite a ways behind the other major conferences in football. Now basketball is another matter completely.

  2. Patrick W.
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. ND is not IN the Big East, Eric. Not sure I follow the dots you are trying to connect. ND and it’s giant, over-inflated, sense of self importance, needs to get over itself.

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