Here's some more enrollment issues - I asked a former college basketball coach to take every starting lineup in the Big East when the Big East still mattered. Of those guys and those teams, how many would be able to cut it academically at Notre Dame?
Answer was no more than 10. That's a pretty shallow pool of recruits from which to choose.
I asked the same coach how many of the nation's top 100 prospects would have grades to get into Notre Dame. Answer? Ten, and of those 10, six are looking hard at Duke.
The odds are great, but not great enough that you cannot compete.
I get a kick out of people jumping all over the Florida Gulf Coasts of the world as example 1AAA why Mike Brey's not the guy - "If Florida Gulf Coast can make the Sweet 16, why can't Notre Dame????"
How many of those guys at Florida Gulf Coast could get into Notre Dame? Any?