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More from Q&A with Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick
As I noted in a previous blog, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick was kind enough to give me 15 minutes of his time earlier this week for a telephone interview about the Irish's relationship with fellow football independent BYU.
Of course, the Cougars and Fighting Irish clash on the football field today at 1:30 p.m. MST.
The biggest storyline before the game is the weather. Snow showers are expected in South Bend today, temperatures could dip into the teens, and there will be 15-20 mph winds.
So dress warmly if you are going to the game.<
Anyway, here's more from my Q&A with Swarbrick about BYU:
On how Notre Dame feels about its relationship with BYU:
"Well certainly there is [a relationship], absolutely. From our perspective, it is due to a couple of things.
Number one is, we are like institutions. Both are faith-based, both very much value students in their approach in the academy and to athletics.
So there is a natural affinity, given our approaches to all of that that creates a sort of kinship.
Then the other thing, I would say, is the notion of independence in football, understanding both the challenges and opportunities of that, and wanting to be a good partner to anybody else who chooses to go that route."
On how BYU's emulation of Notre Dame resonates in South Bend:
"Oh certainly, your ability to contend or succeed with an independent football model in collegiate athletics today depends upon having some of the assets that BYU has. One of them is you have to be able to articulate a basis for doing it. It has to be something like a faith affiliation, like the fact that you are a military academy, in some cases.
You have got a national reason to be independent. It is a really hard row to hoe if you are not, so you have got to have a sort of core motivating factor, and I think they do, because of their religious affiliation.