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Irish Insights


Notre Dame AD takes no offense

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick isn't getting angry over words said at a booster club event, at least that is what it appears from a report on

Swarbrick was asked about Michigan coach Brady Hoke's "chickening out" comment at the ACC spring meetings in Amilia Island, Fla.

And after joking about it being a slow news day when the Irish AD is asked to comment on what a rival coach said at a booster club meeting, Swarbrick said: "We all recognize that stuff you say at a booster club or a pep rally generally (can be like that). I take no umbrage at what someone says at either of those two functions."

Swarbrick also gave a glimpse into the reasoning of why Notre Dame will drop Michigan from its football schedule after the 2014 season.

"The math is pretty simple for us," he said.

With the assumption that most BCS conferences will operate with seven home games and five road games each year, the Irish's schedule was filling up fast.

Notre Dame will have four of five road games filled out every other year when its deal with the ACC kicks in as the Irish agreed to play five games against the conference it is joining in everything but football and hockey. Notre Dame would have three home games and two road games and two home games and three road games against the ACC every other year, taking three road spots on each schedule.

The Irish also will not give up their annual trip to the west coast at the end of the season, which means they must keep Stanford and USC on the schedule.

"We are making, and will continue to make, tough choices," Swarbrick said.

Here is what The Journal Gazette columnist Ben Smith said about this faux controversy, click here.