Since the days of greats like The Four Horsemen, The Gipper, and Knute Rockne, one thing has separated Notre Dame from all others in NCAA Football; Tradition.
As many people know,(whether or not this be from knowledge or from playing NCAA Football's video game,) Notre Dame has a schedule consists mainly of rivalry game that date back many years.
During this coming season alone, 9 out of the 12 games on the Irish Schedule are these rivalry game.(7 of which are for a trophy.) If the Irish were in a conference, all of these rivalry games would be down the toilet and non-existent this season. Also many of these games still have extensions for years to come.
Current Head Coach Brian Kelly, is another reason why Notre Dame won't join a conference any time soon. Kelly understands the history and tradition that Irish Football is all about, so Notre Dame staying independent under his tenure shouldn't shock anyone.
If your persistent and still can't understand why Notre Dame won't join a conference, than here is my "Touchdown Jesus" pass attempt.
For those of you who do not know, Notre Dame has a partnership deal with television network NBC. This is a deal that for years has put the Irish ahead of schools in media coverage. Why? Because under this contract deal, Notre Dame is guaranteed a Nationally Televised Game Every Week! That's right, it doesn't matter if it's a game against USC or Tulsa, if Notre Dame is playing, it's on National Television.
Why would Notre Dame want to throw all that away just to be called a member of the "Big 10 plus 1"? Simply put, They Won't.
Notre Dame is just fine right where they are, they got Tradition, National Exposure, and a Head Coach with Championship Demeanor.
Now Notre Dame, just put that all to good use, and Go Win a Championship......
Only time will tell how easy that will be, and how long, it will take.
~ James Cook Future Associated Press