If we start with the premise that there is no such thing as altruism in conference realignment, then it ia easy to see why ND is the chair. What do we keep hearing? Notre Dame values its independence more than anything. Ergo, ND needs the Big East more than any other member. The BE is the only viable conference that would allow such a parasitic relationship. Sometimes issues aren't that complex. As I said a few weeks ago, ND will try to give a sweetheart deal to AF to bribe them into accepting the BE offer.