The Big Ten Conference has the world of college football completely captivated with the possibilities of expansion.

Several schools have been named-dropped in the media since conference commissioner Jim Delaney announced the expansion study back in December.

Some big-name schools like Texas and Nebraska have been heavily discussed as possible expansion targets, as have some smaller schools out of the Big East conference, like Rutgers and Pittsburgh.

Notre Dame is a school that's always been mentioned in expansion chatter, as well. It is likely the most desired school on the Big Ten's wish list, but is never given much consideration in discussions due, in part, to the school having walked away from expansion negotiations twice in the past.

Now it appears as though the Fighting Irish...

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