The failure to fire Swarbrick and Kelly after last season - not to mention the inaction of the BOT (not even a formal or informal whiff of publicly-stated dissatisfaction) suggests Notre Dame as we know it is now over - except for full-fledged membership in the ACC which is coming sooner than you think.
The crash and burn that will define 2017/2018 will lead the weak of mind and heart to the conclusion that full conference membership is our only salvation. (Actually, I now believe that was the plan all along; the all-hands-on-deck excuse making that was 2016 should have been the clue.) And they will, of course, be wrong. But absent the mass resignation of Jenkins, Swarbrick, and the BOT, there isn't a thing any of us can do about it except for maybe praying for a well-placed meteor.
I think the great Don Meredith said it best, "Turn out the lights; the party's over". It just sucks for us that we gave the keys to the kingdom to the worst of the worst.