Reports coming out today are saying that the Big Ten has extended invitations to four schools: Nebraska, Missouri, Rutgers, and Notre Dame. The gist of everything that I've read is that whether they expand to 14 or 16 is dependent on what the Irish ultimately decide. If Notre Dame says yes then they'll seek out another team to make it an even number. If they say no then they'll stick with 14.
There are so many options and things to consider for Swarbrick in this situation and I can't blame him if he goes off the radar for a few days to collect his thoughts.
While I would love for him to just fax Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delany a picture of Dikembe Mutombo giving the Finger Wag, his ultimate plan of action should involve him driving to see Mr. Delany in person, walking into his office, and giving him a heartfelt, well-articulated answer. This would suffice: