Notre Dame to Join ACC This Summer

By John Engel
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

With the recent rumors regarding the Catholic 7 of the Big East departing the conference to form their own alignment, Notre Dame is expected to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Notre Dame expressed interest in leaving the Big East after the 2013-14 season, but will make the jump as soon as this summer with DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova all leaving the Big East. The Irish will join the ACC in all sports except football, the team announced last year.

Thanks to the flexibility of ACC commissioner John Swofford and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame does not have a deadline for which they must announce the move. Obviously, sooner is best for the decision, as the summer is quickly approaching.

The Catholic 7 schools are expected to announce their decision in the next few days.

In order to leave the conference, Notre Dame is required to give the conference 27 months notice before leaving for another conference, or negotiate a settlement. Sources tell ESPN that Notre Dame was offered an earlier exit if the Irish would add Big East opponents to their football schedule, but there were no available spots to accommodate the request.

The move will give the ACC 15 total members for the 2013-14 season, and the conference has announced that they will play an 18-game league basketball schedule that season.

Louisville and Rutgers, which were added to the ACC and Big Ten respectively, won’t be able to join their leagues until July 1, 2014.

John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the PAC-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy.


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