But the ACC tie-in puts the Irish deeper in a lot of those All-Americans' homes. With next season's additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the ACC footprint will stretch from upstate New York to South Florida. That's nearly a third of the nation's population.
Of ESPN's top 300 high school prospects, 119 live in ACC country merely between Florida and Maryland. That includes the talent-oozing state of Georgia, which recruitniks say is joining California, Texas and Florida in a recruiting big four.
Wednesday's announcement that the kobe bryant shoes cheap ACC adds Notre Dame in every other sport will be a huge boost to Irish football. Starting with the 2015 season, the Irish will play five games a year against ACC schools. Its eventual financial pot will be as big as its recruiting advantages.
"Discussing full membership (including football) with Notre Dame was not in the cards," said ACC commissioner John Swofford. "We wanted what could be a win-win situation."
Notre Dame's NBC deal makes it lunacy for it to become a football member of the ACC. That $15 million going straight into the Irish's pocket buys a lot of tennis balls, and the deal will grow even more when NBC re-ups in 2015.
The ACC's recent deal with ESPN is worth $17 million per school per year. Notre Dame's take may be only $3.4 million, but Swofford said Wednesday that figure can be renegotiated. Good luck. Ask NBC what it's like to sit across the negotiating table from Notre Dame.
Add in the shared NCAA basketball tournament monies from ACC monsters such as Duke and North Carolina, and the rich will only get richer.
Money, of course, doesn't buy greatness. Notre Dame knows that. The Irish really haven't mattered since well before the BCS was nothing more than a lousy Scrabble hand. They haven't finished inside the top nine since 1993.
Prep All-Americans know Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger a lot better than Knute Rockne and Rocket Ismail. Notre Dame's independent dwight howard shoes for sale status is more of a bank than an honor.