Yeah, I don't expect the Big XII to look at UConn, or vice versa. Just wanted to throw that idea out there.
However, I do think that the ACC would love to get Notre Dame for all sports. Notre Dame will have two options if the Big East splits: 1. Park their non-football sports in the Big XII and remain football independent or 2. Join the ACC as a full conference member. Notre Dame has a lot of alumni on the East Coast and they would only be playing a few games there if all of their other sports are playing in the Midwest/South-based Big XII conference. Obviously the ACC would welcome Notre Dame in with open arms, and also choose one of Rutgers or UConn to join them.
At that point, one of the above schools, USF, Cincinnati, and the new schools from the CUSA are in some trouble.
I disagree with this. I think one of the reasons that none of the conferences have gone to 16 yet is that they are all keeping a spot open for ND. The Irish are the big catch. There isn't a conference that wouldn't want to add them, including the SEC. The Big 10 has been trying to convince them to join for over a decade.
Notre Dame has their pick of whichever conference they want. So while agree with option #1 for them above (non-football to Big 12, football independent), I disagree with #2. They could join the Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC, or ACC, and the conference would welcome them with open arms, as long as they bring football with them.
I've always assumed ND would eventually join the Big 10. I think UConn goes to the ACC. Louisville probably to the SEC. Rutgers is a wild card. The Big 10 has often been rumored to want them to expand their reach toward NYC, but they make more sense geographically with the ACC. But the ACC generally has conceded that they are a basketball-first conference, so Rutgers isn't a very good fit. From that perspective, Louisville is better.
When the rumors came out last year that the ACC was talking to Texas, I threw up in my mouth. I'd be fine with UConn and even ND. I can live with Louisville and even South Florida. But Texas? Ugh. Thank God that didn't happen.