Last month, Notre Dame made headlines by announcing their decision to leave the Big East and join the ACC. Normally, a program has to wait 27 months before they can officially be part of the conference they are moving to. Despite this, Notre Dame is apparently having “preliminary conversations” with the Big East about the possibility of moving to the ACC earlier than the protocol 27 months.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told the Associated Press that he “believes it’s in the interest of both parties to find a way to facilitate an earlier movement of Notre Dame out of the conference.”
Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who also recently decided to leave the Big East for the ACC, negotiated with the Big East and ended up receiving rights to compete in the ACC starting in 2013-2014. This shows that while the discussions between the Irish and the Big East are just beginning, it is not out of the question for Notre Dame to be granted an early exit from the Big East.
According to the AP, if a deal is not made by Jan. 13, then the Irish will not be able to play in the ACC next season.
Notre Dame is sure to only improve an already strong ACC basketball conference, which was recently bolstered by the addition of Pitt and Syracuse.
The Irish look forward to moving to the ACC in all sports except for football and hockey. The Irish will remain independent in football, but will play 6 games against ACC schools every year.