With the Big Ten looking to add another team, Notre Dame has come up in the conversation again to join the conference.
But don't count on the Irish, who turned the Big Ten down in 1999, to be jumping on board.
"Our strong preference is to remain the way we are," Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said in a release from the university. "Independence is a big part of the tradition of the program and our identity. We'd sure like to try to maintain it. All of this has a lot more to do with our priorities than it does with business issues. Our independence is tied up in a lot of the rivalries we have. We play Navy every year and have the tradition of USC weekends. Frankly, it works pretty well to play USC in October at home and in November at their place.
"The question that any school faces, not just Notre Dame, is: Does this start the dominoes falling again, like the last round of reconfiguration? It's less about our willingness to enter into discussions than what happens to the industry. What are the implications?"
Notre Dame is a member of the Big East in every sport but football.