During his 17 months as Notre Dame’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick has asked university officials about what transpired in 1999, when the Irish declined an invitation to join the Big Ten.
Was it a close decision?
“I’m not completely sure,” Swarbrick said Wednesday. “The stories don’t exactly line up.”
Notre Dame’s present-day stance is clearer: If the Big Ten opts to expand, it should not bother to knock on Notre Dame’s door.