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Notre Dame to join ACC for 2013-14 seasons

Mar 12, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

Jack Swarbrick

The University of Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference ahead of schedule, joining the conference for the upcoming 2013-14 season. They’ll leave the Big East Conference after this school year, where they’ve been members since 1995.

The Irish will leave the conference at the same time as the seven non-football playing schools, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova, with a departure date set for July 1.

“From the time of our decision to join the ACC we have stressed our commitment to ensuring that our departure was achieved in a collegial manner,” Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick said. “This agreement realizes that intention and we are very grateful to the members of the Big East and Commissioner Mike Aresco for helping to facilitate this orderly and timely transition.”

The Big East also released a statement this morning, with the conference calling the agreement amicable and mutually respectful.

“This decision makes sense for the BIG EAST,” said Aresco.  “In view of Notre Dame’s expressed desire to join the ACC on an earlier timetable, the BIG EAST and Notre Dame were able to arrive at an acceptable resolution. The BIG EAST can now focus fully on its future alignment and rebranding efforts. I want to thank the Notre Dame administration and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick for their efforts in moving toward this orderly transition.  Notre Dame has been a valued member of the BIG EAST and we wish them well.”

It’s quite the year of transition for the university’s sports programs. While the football team won’t begin its five-game scheduling agreement with the ACC yet, the rest of its athletic programs, with the exception of hockey, will begin preparing for life in the ACC, a conference widely acknowledged to be stronger in Olympic sports. The hockey program will also take a step forward, joining Hockey East next season.

Notre Dame’s departure from the Big East won’t cost the school financially, as they departed under a clause that eliminated any exit fee. While they’ll likely forgo any claim to the $70 million the Big East has accumulated, that money will be under contest for quite some times, with litigation pending between schools caught in the wash of realignment.

The ACC will now have 15 basketball schools, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining the conference for next season as well.

  1. bernhtp - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    It’s nice to see a swift resolution to his. Conference limbo for a year would not have been good. Swarbrick comes through again.

  2. larrydavid7000 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    ROLL TIDE? ROLL TIDE. !!!!!!!!!!

  3. dudeacow - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Nice. It’s good to see ND basketball will get to play not only Louisville, Syracuse, and Pitt on a yearly basis, but also Miami, Duke, and UNC. Great for recruiting (not so much for the win column, though). I’ve also been thinking and I’m not that upset about football playing five ACC teams a year, contrary to a previous post of mine. Sure, we’ll play lackluster opponents like UVA and BC, but we’re used to playing BC and have played Maryland, FSU, Miami, Wake Forest and Pitt recently. The schedule might not even be that different.

    And Larry, I can understand some Alabama hater’s posts, such as ones on the Kiel and Nichols stories, but this makes absolutely no sense. Why post here, on an article which is actually good for ND? Now, not only will we be playing powerhouse like MSU, USC, and Stanford, but we will also be playing FSU, VT, and Clemson. This is good for ND.

    Oh, and maybe next time you guys should respect the Twelfth Man. Just a thought…

    • papadec - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      dude – don’t feed the trolls. They’re kinda like gators in Florida – they forget their place, and crawl out of the swamp to sun themselves on your front lawn. They do make nice accessories for the ladies though.

  4. goirishgo - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Jack is the man!

  5. bigbenh8tr - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    uva would have beaten nd 5 of the past 7 years dude. uva is solid in basketball and an up an coming football team w 3 five star recruits coming in next year. my team is jmu, already in for basketball but don’t ignorantly post about a nee conference you are entering amd btw miami hasn’t been very good the past 5 years. nice game vs bama tool, at least your gay dude left before you joined the acc

  6. wisner74 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    This is a great move for the Irish, but I still hope that if ND ever has to join a conference in football we go all-in with the Big Ten.

  7. klownboy - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Welcome to the ACC Irish fans!

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