Here we were worrying about the hornet's nest Brian Kelly drop-kicked to ignite his latest QB controversy. Instead, Jack Swarbrick delivered a roundhouse kick to the potentially divisive situation that would make Chuck Norris blush. A headache of headlines became mere afterthought in the wake of the sensational news that Notre Dame bid adieu to the BEast for the greener pastures of the ACC.
Pick your cliche decision-making rationale: conference stability, brand market exposure, bowl game options, Olympic sport competition, academic fit of peer institutions. At the end of the day, the whole package proved too great to pass. A standing ovation is due Swarbrick and his staff for having the creativity and cajones to orchestrate this deal.
The move is terrific on many levels for ND, which we'll dig into deeper in the coming days. Too bad this news cycle completely dwarfs a top 10 vs. top 20 matchup with a historic rival. Sorry Sparty, but whatever extra hype and bluster this year's Rose Bowl-caliber squad is due has been usurped by the Bolting Conference Boogie. We all know the music never stops at the NCAA Realignment Dance Marathon. Thankfully, our new do-si-do partner is in great shape, sexy as hell and looking to settle down for a while.
A match made in program heaven.