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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Though they are not full-fledged members of the ACC, the Fighting Irish will help solidify the conference according to George Cox, an NC State blogger who says for fans today is a good day. “It’s a good move,” says Cox. Cox says Notre Dame's move to the ACC was a long time coming, but exciting none the less. Cox says the decision was football driven, even though Fighting Irish football is still independent. However, Notre Dame will play five football games a year against ACC teams, which gives NC State fans a chance to check out the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus. “It’s a fantastic environment,” Cox says. “if you've ever seen the movie "Rudy" the campus at Notre Dame is legendary.” To be a full-fledged member of the ACC, Notre Dame would need to commit their football program to playing a full conference slate, which Cox says would limit their non-conference schedule. The move is another huge blow to Big East basketball, but now in the ACC the Irish will face power teams like Duke and UNC. Cox says the new exit fees of $50 million for league schools will secure the future of the ACC. “This move here prevents Florida State and Clemson, in my opinion or Virginia Tech or any other schools from leaving the conference, so this solidifies the acc for the future,” he says. The Big East has a 27-month notification period and a $5 million exit fee. The realignment is expected to start in 2014.

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