March 12, 2013 10:14 AM by Wade Blogs
Chicago Tribune – The Notre Dame path to the ACC was apparently as expeditious and trouble-free as the school expected.
Notre Dame’s split with the soon-to-be-former Big East will be announced Tuesday, two sources with knowledge of the decision confirmed to the Tribune, clearing the way for the Irish to join the ACC for 2013-14.
The agreement was contingent on a Big East Board of Directors call on Tuesday morning — a call that also was expected to ratify the split of the so-called Catholic 7 basketball schools from their football-playing Big East counterparts.
The Notre Dame separation deal is, for all intents, under the same terms as the Catholic 7 split agreement, a source said. The meaning: There is no exit fee or payment per se as much as an abdication of claims to certain assets.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball teams will be heading to the Atlantic Coastal Conference a few seasons earlier than planned. The Catholic 7 (DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova) negotiated an early exit and Notre Dame used that as a bargaining chip to peace out from the Big East early.
What does this mean for Notre Dame? Well nothing until July really, which means really nothing until the start of next basketball season because the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football schedule is set in stone. Notre Dame Athletics will play in the ACC in all sports EXCEPT football and hockey.
Notre Dame joins Pittsburgh and Syracuse as current Big East teams that will play in the ACC next season. Including Notre Dame, there will be 15 teams in the league.
Notre Dame vs. Duke in Cameron Indoor should be a crazy experience!