Notre Dame joining ACC

Will compete in all sports but football

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports but football.

The ACC and Notre Dame said Wednesday that the school will play five football games annually against the league’s programs, while Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement that the Irish will also have access to the ACC’s non-BCS bowl tie-ins.

The move allows the Irish to maintain football independence, while the ACC is making an exception to its all-or-nothing requirement for schools to be full members. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement the move was “a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.”

Along with inviting Notre Dame, the ACC also says it has increased its exit fees for the conference’s schools to three times the league’s annual operation budget — which would currently come to more than $50 million.

It was not clear when the realignment will take effect. The ACC scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Notre Dame has played basketball in the Big East for years, but Syracuse and Pitt are leaving the league along with West Virginia — and now Notre Dame. In the ACC, the Irish will face traditional powers like Duke, North Carolina and the league also fits the sports Notre Dame is competitive in, including: lacrosse and soccer.

The ACC in turn gets one of the nation’s premier football programs, raising its profile alongside the likes of Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech and Clemson.

“The ACC is composed of some of the most highly respected universities in the country, and we at Notre Dame look forward to joining them,” said Notre Dame President, Rev. John Jenkins. “With a mix of institutions — many of which are also private, similar to Notre Dame in size, and committed to excellence in research and undergraduate education — the ACC is an exceptionally good fit for us academically, as well as athletically.”

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Riverman1 09/12/12 - 11:36 am
More Like a Courtship

Well, they are not REALLY joining the ACC. Allowing them to play only 5 conference football games is caving into them too much. Notre Dame no longer has the power they once had. Hopefully, they will completely join the conference for football in a few years and eliminate this courtship period. I don't believe the SEC would have let them join in this limited fashion.

thauch12 09/12/12 - 12:24 pm
One word: Money.Notre Dame

One word: Money.
Notre Dame football is a brand. The heyday of the program is long gone, but they still have a prolific national fanbase. I look forward to seeing them when they come down to Atlanta to play Tech.

I don't think the SEC would even want Notre would be too "yankee" haha.

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