``For any school that wants to depart, there is a $5 million fee. That’s not enough to prevent anyone from going. The Big Ten is making an enormous amount of money. Is $5 million significant? Yes. Will a school pay it? Yes. It’s not a deterrent.’’
Tranghese mentioned a possible 27-month waiting period for teams leaving the Big East, which would prove ``awkward,'' for players and coaches on the departing teams. He did not, however, suggest it might be a deterrent.
He also emphatically ruled out the possibility that Notre Dame would join the Big East as a football-playing member. Notre Dame plays in the conference’s basketball league and in other sports.
``It’s never going to happen,’’ Tranghese said. ``Notre Dame is not going to play football in the in the Big East. That conversation was held at the time [they joined the league.] They made it clear they had no interest in football.’’
Tranghese: No answer to Big Ten expansion
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