Cool: Notre Dame is considering a return to its "barnstorming" ways, playing in a lot of fun venues against unusual opponents across the country.
We need to schedule in a way to put us in position to win national championships. We could have a great football team and schedule ourselves out of a national championship. That last time I checked, the most important thing here is to win national championships
You know where I stand on this.
Unlike most critics, I've applauded Notre Dame's scheduling practices over the years. They've left several national championships on the field over the years in losing to annual foe USC, for starters. They've also beat up on the service academies and grabbed some midlevel fodder. But that fodder's often turned out to be pretty good, such as mid-late 90's Purdue and Northwestern teams that Notre Dame didn't expect to be on the upswing. They've also taken on Florida State, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and other powers.
But they need to continue to seek that schedule. This weary signal is not a good one, especially because Notre Dame is college football's flagship franchise.
Notre Dame may or may not schedule itself out of championships, but they might also schedule themselves into a situation where their schedule is so strong that they cannot possibly face dispute in the face of something similar to say, the 2003 BCS fiasco. Even better, if they get by a particularly rough schedule and win a national championship, there will be plenty of "best ever" type arguments for having survived a very strong schedule.
The big picture goal of any sports team is to win. But the athletes themselves are playing to compete. Why remove the competition when you have a choice of a more competitive path or a less competitive one?
I trust Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White will do the right thing.