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Big 12 Expansion: Notre Dame Looks To Be Staying Independent

With the announcement from Texas A&M that they intend to leave the Big 12, the conference is pursuing new schools. One such school that’s been rumored as a potential candidate is Notre Dame. However, the Irish enjoy remaining independent and from all indications, don’t appear to be changing their minds anytime soon:

It has been speculated that the Big 12 would look to Notre Dame as its replacement for Texas A&M should the Aggies, as expected, leave the conference.

But even though Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick is friends with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, that doesn’t mean his school ready to give up football independence.

“Our priority — and our clear priority — is maintaining our football independence and continuing to build our relationship with the Big East with our other sports,” Swarbrick told the Austin American-Statesman.

If Notre Dame ever changed their stance, Pitt could give any invite more serious consideration. But until then, the conference remains incredibly unstable and it’s unlikely that Pitt would give a move without other teams being added any serious consideration.

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