Jun 24, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT
Over at The Sporting News, columnists Matt Hayes and Dave Curtis named their 10 biggest winners in the whole conference realignment shake-up.
Nobody ranked higher on Hayes’ list than Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick:
The Irish kept their independent status, the Big East stayed intact for
ND’s non-football sports and the
program is right back where it is every year: winning cures everything.
If ND wins and goes to BCS bowls and plays for a national championship
more times than not under new coach Brian Kelly, the bidding war from
network television for Irish games will be astronomical — dwarfing
anything any other team in any other conference can generate. Now,
getting there is another story. Just ask Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham
and Charlie Weis.
Rounding out the Top Ten for Hayes is Texas AD DeLoss Dodds, Nebraska AD Tom Osbourne, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Big Ten czar Jim Delany, and Senator Orrin Hatch.
Curtis’ list also had Swarbrick near the top with Notre Dame’s AD listed at third.
Here’s Curtis’ explanation:
From the beginning, the Irish brain trust wanted to maintain the
school’s football independence. Swarbrick got it done; now he will be
judged on his football coach.
Tough to disagree with this assessment. Curtis had a top ten of Dodds, Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, Swarbrick, Texas A&M regent Gene Stallings, Delany, Boise State president Bob Kustra, Orangebloods.com reporter Chip Brown, Big East commish John Marinatto, Whittingham, and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman.
Some pretty interesting opinions from two national writers that are very plugged in. Especially like the inclusion of Bill Self and Gene Stallings, two guys that might not have been talked about too much lately, but certainly did well for themselves the past few weeks.
- With all eyes watching, a dig for truth begins at Notre Dame 132
- Academic misconduct investigation underway at Notre Dame 58
- Multiple Reports: Notre Dame set to suspend four players for season 130
- Ready or Not: Young Irish defenders making moves 82
- Kelly names Golson starting quarterback 78
- Irish A-to-Z: Max Redfield 56
- With all eyes watching, a dig for truth begins at Notre Dame (132)
- Kelly addresses academic investigation (131)
- Multiple Reports: Notre Dame set to suspend four players for season (130)
- Phillip Daniels feels confident son DaVaris will be cleared (95)
- Ready or Not: Young Irish defenders making moves (82)