Notre Dame has announced that they will be joining the ACC in all sports other than football and hockey. More importantly, for the world of college football, the school has also announced they will play five football games against ACC opponents each season. Press conferences in South Bend and Charlotte are expected to occur later today.
Playing five ACC opponents will give the schools from the conference incredibly valuable television time from NBC since the network covers Notre Dame football games. Attaching themselves to the Notre Dame brand in football is a power play by the ACC. Securing a stable future in all sports is a power play by Notre Dame.
“We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” said Jack Swarbrick Notre Dame’s AD. ”This will enable us to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC’s non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports. ”
The non-BCS bowl package for the ACC consists of the Military, Independence, Russell Athletic, Music City, Sun, and Chick-fil-A Bowls.
The time-table for the Irish move from the Big East to the ACC has yet to be announced. Notre Dame would like to start conference play for the 2013-2014 season but the Big East currently has a bylaw which requires a 27-month notice before leaving the conference. However, the Irish are expected to arrange an earlier exit through a fee just like Pitt and Syracuse have done.
Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins expressed his approval of the move in a statement, “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.”