Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick is remaining optimistic that the Big East can survive the latest round of conference realignments.
Even though the league is losing two of its flagship schools, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, to the Atlantic Coast Conference in the near future, and even though other schools are rumored to be looking for new homes, Swarbrick thinks the league that has included the Irish's basketball and Olympic teams can continue to survive.
But he would not put any odds on his confidence level or commit to what shape the Big East needs to be in for Notre Dame to continue to be a member.
"I'm not placing any odds on anything these days," Swarbrick said after a news conference announcing the hockey team's move from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association to the Hockey East Association in 2013-14.
Swarbrick said he doesn't expect there to be any calmness on the realignment front as it relates to major college football.
The latest flare up came Tuesday when Missouri gave its chancellor the green light to explore other conference options outside the Big 12, which already lost Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12 last year and will lose Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference next year.
Swarbrick said the Big East, which Notre Dame has been a member of since 1995 while remaining independent football, is taking steps to stabilize its future. But he left open the door that things could change any where down the line.
"It's great to make plans," Swarbrick said. "It's whether the people you might be interested in or whether the circumstances will allow you to achieve those plans. Certainly, the way the conference is thinking and what it is trying to achieve is what I think it needs to do."
The one thing Swarbrick wishes was different during the latest round of conference jumping is the time table in which things have unfolded.
"I think a lot of us in the industry wish there had been a way that this played out not in the fall," Swarbrick said. "It does detract from college football. I understand that often that timing can't be controlled, but it does detract from the game. Our greatest asset."