Notre Dame football has been rumored to be joining the ACC full-time, but those rumors were shut down by their very own athletic director.
After joining the ACC in all other sports outside of football, rumors begin to speculate that the Fighting Irish would take the leap and make their school a complete ACC program. But after an interview with Orlando Sentinel‘s Matt Murschel, Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, made it clear that these rumors have quickly vanished.
“Absolutely not,” Swarbrick told Murschel when asked about rumors of Notre Dame joining the ACC full-time in football. “We love the ACC but we love our relationship the way it is and there hasn’t been any discussion.”
Looks like whoever started these rumors didn’t have much to back them up. Swarbrick made it pretty clear the Fighting Irish are remaining an Independent football program for the time being.
With people saying it’s more difficult for Notre Dame to make the College Football Playoff as an Independent, rumors like this will start from time to time. However, until there’s a situation where being an Independent school actually causes them to miss the Playoff, there’s no dyer need for the Irish to go anywhere.
Until then, Notre Dame fans can enjoy being one of four schools who still don’t belong to a conference. For a school filled with more history than almost any other, something like this reminds us all why the Irish are so special.
For now, be happy Notre Dame is different. Until there’s a need to make a change, the Irish will likely stay right where they are.