Not only do we get the benefit of playing in the south rather than in Pittsburgh, Cinci, NYC, etc. in the spring, but those teams have to travel to South Bend.
prospects. With a solid coach, decent history, nice facilities, successful recruiting which will hopefully include the eastern seaboard and of course the Notre Dame brand name we could make some hay.
look at the schedule now, then imagine what it will look like in 2016.
If you are a great player from a warm weather state, especially in the south, which schedule would you rather play?
I just hope they are allowed some academic flexibility to get the kids they need.
It strikes me that the move to the ACC really helps us get those kids because they are still close to home, but play in warm weather a lot with ND.
Good players want to play with and against other good players. Being the tallest midget in a poor conference won't get ND any closer to the CWS. ND baseball, especially in its current state, will undoubtedly take its lumps as a new member of the ACC, but over time I believe playing in the ACC will be a net positive for recruiting. Look at the basketball program. It was a whipping boy upon joining the Big East, but being a member of the strongest basketball conference in the nation forced the program to improve and has helped recruiting.
I have plenty of other reservations about joining the ACC, but baseball isn't one of them.