In order to understand why Notre Dame's embarrassing attempt at playing football this past year against Alabama is beneficial to the B1G, we must begin in December of 2006. Ohio State and Michigan sat atop the polls as they faced each other in their respective final games of the season. Despite an Ohio State victory, Michigan remained at #2, demonstrating the strength of the B1G. However, over the course of the next few weeks, all of the things that supposedly don't count when determining BCS rankings determined that the true national championship game should pit Ohio State against the Florida Gators who were largely viewed as the 4th best team in the country (if that). Apparently only SEC teams can have rematches for the MNC. After Ted Ginn Jr. returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and taking a 7-0 victory merely 16 seconds into the game, the B1G's dominance was assured.
And that moment, with 11:44 remaining in the 1st quarter, was the last time the B1G had any dignity. Ohio State's inability to match the speed of Florida put the game out of hand half way through the 2nd quarter. The following year, Ohio State attempted to regain not only her honor but the honor of the B1G as well and was yet again defeated by an SEC opponent in the MNC.
So what does this have to do with Notre Dame? Well Ohio State lost on the grand stage in consecutive years in rather convincing fashion. The result was that the general football watching public decided this was enough evidence to demonstrate that the B1G was an over rated conference. Do you have any idea how detrimental losing on the grand stage like that actually impacts public perception? The Buffalo Bills are generally considered one of the worst teams in the NFL despite making it to the Super Bowl in 4 consecutive years. They're the only team to ever accomplish that feat. Only 11 NFL teams have been to more Super Bowls. Yet the lasting image of the Bills is that they epitomize losing. They don't just lose when they're bad, they lose when they're good. So pretty much Ohio State did the same thing for the entire conference by losing to the SEC in two consecutive years.
But if there's one team that everyone largely hates in the NCAA, it's Notre Dame. And if there's one fan base that feels entitled to respect and admiration, it's Notre Dame's. And if there's money to be made in pandering to a school's audience, that audience is Notre Dame fans. The result is that Notre Dame receives far too much credit than they deserve and are forced upon college football fans at every opportunity. And in the greed that is the NCAA and the bowl selection committee, Notre Dame continually receives offers to attend bowls they have no business being in simply because of the revenue their annoying fan base will undoubtedly drive as they venture to some warm, southern locale to watch their Golden Domers get trounced again and again.
So why does the fact that Notre Dame got shellacked by Alabama worse than Ohio State did in 2007 against Florida matter for the B1G? Because they are inevitably becoming the poster child for overrated and overhyped. Just as people were starting to wonder if they actually deserved credit (these people obviously didn't watch a single game this past season or they would've quickly realized that Notre Dame didn't go undefeated as much as their opponents did everything possible to lose), they failed on such an epic scale that they set a new benchmark for being overhyped. They have taken that title from Ohio State and by extension the B1G.
It therefore makes absolutely no sense at all (unless you care about $$$ which makes you no better than Emmert) for the B1G to want ND to join. In fact, it makes no sense for any conference to want ND to join. Because no matter how horrible the public perception is of a school or a conference, the one guarantee is that Notre Dame will ultimately set a new low. Now none of this matters because the person who will benefit most from this is Urban Meyer, so all I really have to conclude with is fuck Emmert.