Notre Dame will play the waiting game to realign – because they can

As we wrap up the long July 4th weekend, one question has moved to the forefront of swirling speculation about the future of college athletics: Was this Notre Dame’s last Independence Day as an independent?

Since last week’s earth-shattering announcement that USC and UCLA are headed to the Big Ten in 2024, all has been quiet under the Gold Dome. The longer it stays that way, the more one can assume the Fighting Irish are weighing their biggest decision in decades. May be someday.

After the Earth shifted again last Thursday, the next consideration was the other attractive acquisition candidates available as the industry consolidates power in two conferences, the Big Ten and the SEC. Notre Dame stands alone at the top of this list—as desirable as ever, and perhaps just as vulnerable.

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