Notre Dame is caught in the middle of a Big East conference that is crumbling.
After Saturday's announcement by the league's Catholic, basketball-only schools that they are leaving the Big East to form their own conference, athletic director Jack Swarbrick likened his school's position to that of a child in a divorce.
The Irish had already announced in September that they were leaving the Big East to join the ACC in every sport but football and hockey, but the school seemed content to wait the 27-month period required to leave the Big East without a paying an exit fee.
But now, Swarbrick has to look over the school's options again and possibly figure out a way to leave the Big East for the ACC before the 2014 target season.
"We're doing the same thing you are now, trying to get information, trying to understand better what might happen," Swarbrick said Monday. "We get a little new information every day, and it's a real state of flux. I hope it settles out soon. As more than a slightly interested party in this we'd like to know what the final resolution in all of this is."
Swarbrick said he isn't sure who he would need to negotiate with for an early exit. It could be with the seven Catholic schools or with the football playing schools of the league.
What he was sure of that he is ready for conference realignment to come to an end in college sports.
"I think we'd all like that," Swarbrick said. "You can't mandate it or legislate it, it'll happen naturally at some point where you'll hit status quo for awhile. And you know I'm an optimist. I think we're close to that. But I've also thought that before.
"But it would be better for everybody, especially the student-athletes, if you could reach a period where we're settled in for awhile and we could focus on what's happening on the field and on the court and less so about what's happening elsewhere."