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College Sports, Division I

Big East Basketball Instability Impact on Notre Dame

On December 17, 2012, SI.com’s Pete Thamel discussed the impact of the Big East’s realignment on Notre Dame. Specifically, Notre Dame, which will depart the Big East for the ACC in two years, may not have a conference to compete in next season as a result of the departure of the seven Catholic basketball schools. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told SI.com “it is an untenable situation and we have to actively consider how we can get to resolution.”

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.

The full article can be found here.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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