then I hope Clemson doesn't join it. I would be happier if Clemson played college football against whatever remaining institutions preferred it.
I have never been upset that Clemson can't compete for a Super Bowl. I am also an alum of Georgia Southern. I can tell you I had no feelings of inferiority when we won national championships in Div 1-AA. It was awesome. I cared just as much. It was the league we were in. We won it. No shame in that. Same with high school. I wasn't upset that my AA school (GA) never won the AAAAA title.
If Clemson is in a college football league which exists parallel to a semi-pro league then I will be fine. Just as I am fine that Clemson can't win a Super Bowl.
It looks like colleges are now investing in semi-pro football teams. It's losing the actual college football element. It may end up just like a college themed USFL. The arms race may actually be killing the thing that started the race.
Everyone else is trapped in the mindset of "do anything necessary to have a relevant conference." Notre Dame knows better. So maybe they have a unique perspective on this, decide they don't want semi-pro, realize that they will survive as they are, and other schools rally around them to save actual college football.
The commercial value of Notre Dame is clearly #1 among all football programs. Look at their huge nationwide exclusive NBC television contract plus the fact that everyone is attempting to have them in their conference.