ACC realignment Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame attempted to try and make a move to help get Cal and Stanford into the ACC as part of college football’s latest swing in realignment. However, a day later, reports emerged that the deal was not struck to bring the Golden Bears and Cardinal into the conference despite the Fighting Irish’s best efforts. Notre Dame’s Athletic Director spoke out on Thursday about why the program tried to send them a proverbial life raft.

Heather Dinich of ESPN posted, “ND AD Jack Swarbrick told me the reason they advocated for Cal and Stanford was because ‘The notion that two of the very best academic institutions in the world who also play D1 sports could be abandoned in this latest chapter of realignment is an indictment of college athletics.”

We’ve probably already lost the plot on conference realignment in college sports. With that being said, though, Swarbrick’s logic here is actually on the right track. Though they’ve dealt with their own hurdles, Cal and Stanford, much like everyone else, shouldn’t be left flailing their arms while conference realignment drives through the sport. Of course, logistically speaking, there are significant hurdles as far as travel goes. (And logic: Stanford and Cal, California schools, in the ACC. What’s next? Oklahoma and Missouri in the SEC? Wait. . .)

But to their dismay, at least right now, Cal and Stanford won’t be joining the ACC, despite Notre Dame’s best initial efforts. Time will tell to see if the ball bounces their way.

The CFB world reacted to the latest ACC realignment news after it emerged this morning.

[Heather Dinich]

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