Lots of strong stuff out there today. Let's get right to it:
Two early losses did not slow down Notre Dame's recruiting efforts, colleague Jared Shanker writes. Shanker also writes that the conference move of Pitt, the Irish's opponent this Saturday, has its recruits excited. (Insider)
Our Gene Wojciechowski goes over Notre Dame's options, among several other scenarios, in his take on conference expansion.
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel writes that Notre Dame should jump to the ACC.
Jack Swarbrick tells The New York Times' Pete Thamel that the Big East has enough core assets to hold the league together. The Times also has a fascinating study on this country's football fans, which includes Notre Dame being the nation's fourth-most popular team.
Irish women's hoops coach Muffet McGraw isn't worried about Notre Dame's future amid all the re-shuffling going on, Curt Rallo writes in the South Bend Tribune.
Pitt coach Todd Graham isn't apologizing for his offense's pace, former beat partner Jerry DiPaola writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Also, former Notre Dame assistant Mike Haywood, hired as Pitt's head coach for all of 17 days, is suing Pitt for breach of contract.
I missed this one from last week, but Dickie V had a message for MSU alum Magic Johnson heading into Saturday's game. He correctly predicted Notre Dame's point total, too.