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Notre Dame to ACC in all sports but football


SOUTH BEND, IN (AP) -- 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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Without Football Membeship, ND Brings Little To The Table

1. According to this article "The ACC in turn gets one of the nation's premier football programs..." That is not an accurate statement inasmuch as Notre Dame will remain an independent, even though it will play 5 ACC games.

2. Because ND will not be an ACC football member, it brings little to the table, since football is its primary claim to fame. Although ND's basketball teams have been ranked a few years, it does not have much of a history in the rankings.

3. Exempting ND from full membership sets a bad precedent. Will existing ACC members such as Clemson, Florida State, etc. want to pick and choose which sports to participate in the ACC in future?


A much desired league member with NATIONAL appeal.