The Big Ten has 11 teams, and if it adds Notre Dame, which it appears it wants to, the Irish would probably not want to be part of a 16-team superleague. The Irish, in theory, would have the power to cap the league at 12 teams.
“I think it’s impossible to say,” Swarbrick said Monday when asked about the theory that Notre Dame joining the Big Ten would stabilize the collegiate landscape. “I understand why people have that conjecture. I also think it’s equally plausible that enough things have been spun in motion that it may not be true.”