A bit of a damper on the July 4th celebration, as Andy Griffith passed away on Tuesday. Since he represented a slice of America for so many folks, it only makes sense that he’d leave us this close to America’s birthday.
Commentary: The Myth of Independence.
Before anyone starts going Ricki Stanzi on me for desecrating “‘Merica’s Birthday”, let me clarify by saying that this is a reflection not on our country but on the “ties” that bind the college football programs that we follow. Specifically, a program that hasn’t lost less than three games since the 1993- the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
With all of the whispers and rumors about expansion and conference alliances that have been occurring for the past three years or so, one of the discussion points has constantly been whether or not the men of the Golden Dome would step away from their “national prestige” and independent status and partner up with other programs.
The Big lEast was the obvious choice, since all other ND sports perform there, but their decision to primarily be a basketball conference seems to have eliminated them from consideration. For numerous reasons (Previous snubs? Fear of geographical limitation? Research concerns?) the B1G also looks to be passed over, in spite of the natural fit for the Irish.
Word the past two weeks have had the Domers trying to play the ACC and B12 against each other as all three parties try to negotiate new or better television deals; with the NBC in discussion as the Peacock looks to develop their own sports network.
And that’s just it… Notre Dame is no more independent than any other major football program, in that their allegiances are for sale.
Sure, they’re not currently tied down to any specific conference, and that allows them to act in their own best interest rather than have those interests be impacted by other schools.But to pretend that they function without an agenda that’s dependent on outside agencies; and that they’re not 100% OK with that dependency, is a lie no more true than the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
There’s an old joke about a man who approaches a woman with the proposition to have sex for a million dollars. She quickly accepts. He then makes the same proposition for twenty dollars, only to have her respond, “What kind of woman do you think I am?”. He says, in turn, “We’ve already determined that… we’re now just negotiating price”.
We already know that Notre Dame is no different than everyone else; we’re now just waiting to see what their price will be.
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“We need to think about the impact that this has on an institution as an educational system,” he said. “If our mission is to educate young people, help them prepare for after college, then what does athletics do to help benefit that after college component?”
He and Anderson both said that since a lot of Football Bowl Subdivision teams still lose money, the positive effects outlined in this report aren’t enough to justify additional spending.
Have a great Fourth of July… What better way to celebrate than with America’s greatest creation: Rock And Roll!