12 September 2012

Notre Dame to join the ACC

This new is just breaking but it has been reported that Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference as a full member, with the exception of football, where it will remain independent. This is a big blow to the Big East, where Notre Dame had been a member since 1995, where it weakens further what had been one of the elite college basketball conferences, one that is already losing two of the league's perennial powers in Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Meanwhile the ACC becomes even stronger in hoops, where it is already adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and now becomes the clear elite basketball conference with a robust 15 programs.

Also noted in the contract is that the Fighting Irish will play five football games against ACC opponents every year once they join, which the earliest they can join without penalty is 2015, and they will play every ACC team at least once every 2.5 years. Plus the school will join the ACC bowl rotation. The school noted that they wanted to maintain a West Coast presence, continuing series against USC and Stanford, as well as continuing to play Navy every year as well. This could mean that the series against Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue could disappear.

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