Mar 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; The ACC logo and game ball as seen on the floor prior to the start of the quarter-final game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Maryland Terrapins in the 2012 ACC Men

Notre Dame Leaves for ACC

Notre Dame has agreed to terms with the Big East to leave 2 years early. The Irish will join the ACC in all major sports except for Football on July 1st. The Notre Dame football team will play 5 ACC teams each year, but will still remain independent. It is reported that the buyout to leave the Big East early cost Notre Dame $2.5 Million dollars.

The Catholic 7 was in play to keep the Irish from the ACC for a year or longer, but the ACC looked more promising, especially in basketball. I personally don’t like the Irish playing 5 ACC teams a year, but I think it is a move in the direction of eventually joining a conference. The B1G Ten wanted the Irish badly back in the fall, but they wanted Notre Dame to join in every sport including football. That wasn’t going to happen, at least not yet. Will Notre Dame eventually join a conference in football? That remains to be seen, but many people think that is what the Irish should do. The ACC does include Boston College, Miami, and Florida State who are all rivals of Notre Dame (Florida State going back awhile).

According to  Brett McMurphy and Andy Katz

Notre Dame will play home-and-home ACC games against Boston College and Georgia Tech along with two other ACC schools to be determined. Notre Dame also will play one game each against the league’s remaining 10 members.

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