Notre Dame is less likely to end up in a conference than it was on Monday, when it appeared college football was on a fast track to morph into four 16-school superconferences. With all the schools in those leagues getting significantly richer, Notre Dame might have felt pressure to be the 16th team in the Big Ten.
Now it appears there will be minimal conference realignment, which should buy the Irish some time to reassess their future as an independent.
The next few years are the key. If the Irish can return to football glory under new coach Brian Kelly, the Notre Dame brand will command as much respect as it ever has and lead to enhanced revenue streams.