The Big Ten has long coveted Notre Dame, but that's unlikely to happen anytime soon. The Big Ten added Nebraska as its 12th member recently and would love to bring Notre Dame into the conference, too.
But Notre Dame, armed with its own TV contract and a national following and recruiting base, seems inclined to remain an independent.
"Being independent is a part of our history," said Litchfield's John Carlson, a tight end with the Seattle Seahawks. "It's something we take pride in. From that standpoint, I would like to see Notre Dame stay independent.
"Additionally, our other sports are in the Big East so that would kind of throw a wrench into some established rivalries that already exist in those other sports." Eden Prairie's Mark LeVoir, an offensive tackle with the New England Patriots, said it would be a "travesty" if Notre Dame joined a conference [Red Star and Sickle]