During Wednesday's BCS meeting in Chicago, Swarbrick joined the 11 FBS conference commissioners for further dissertation on a new postseason format. The commissioners were on hand to represent their conference's presidents, to which they will report back. Swarbrick, however, was the only participant standing on behalf of a single school.
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Notre Dame has been included in the BCS since the system was formed in 1998. The Fighting Irish receive an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game with a top-eight finish.
Swarbrick is a proponent for change, and has been a key participant in discussions to design a new postseason model. As the lone independent at the table, he has been welcomed by the conference commissioners.
"I don't think it's any different than it has been before, Notre Dame is a valued participant in all of this, and continues to be," said ACC commissioner John Swofford.
An agreement on the new postseason system could be reached at the Presidential Oversight Committee meeting on June 26 -- a committee which Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., serves on -- though any approved plans must be finalized by contracted television networks.
"I think (Notre Dame) is an important part of college football and deserves to have a place, and they will," Swofford said.
While the discussions move forward, Notre Dame's lone concern involves constructing its schedule, which has not been a problem during recent years of BCS uncertainty. When the new system is in place, that could become even more problematic.
"As we get through this process, and conferences make some different decisions about conference scheduling, maybe we'll have some (issues), but we've had none of it so far," said Swarbrick.
Swarbrick is confident in Notre Dame's seat at the BCS table and is optimistic in the growth from Wednesday's discussions.
"This meeting had as much or more progress in it," he said. "More got done than any of our meetings to date."