Posted March 06, 2013

Report: ACC would let Notre Dame join this summer

The ACC would let Notre Dame join the league this summer. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport)

The ACC would let Notre Dame join the league this summer. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images Sport)

If Notre Dame can leave the Big East by this summer, the ACC would allow the Fighting Irish to start play in the league next season, reports ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Last September, Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC in all sports but football. But the earliest Notre Dame could leave the Big East without penalty was 2015.

McMurphy reports Notre Dame planned to play in the Big East next season unless the seven Catholic schools leaving to form their own league left sooner. Those schools — Georgetown, Marquette, St. John’s, Villanova, DePaul, Seton Hall and Providence — look set to break from the league and start play next year. (The Associated Press reported Tuesday about the terms to a potential separation agreement that hasn’t yet been finalized.)

As a result, Notre Dame is expected to try to leave earlier than originally planned. The Irish would need to agree to terms with the remaining Big East members to exit this summer.

“Nobody’s going to let Notre Dame just leave,” a Big East source told McMurphy. “It needs to be negotiated.”

But the ACC’s indication that it would allow Notre Dame to join on short notice is an important step in the process if the Irish are to switch conferences in the next few months.


2 comments
hmsa76l79
hmsa76l79

I agree with dude.

Playing all sports but football in the Cathedral Conference would give ND the football independence they have always enjoyed.  The "non-ACC" 5 game deal  is not really good for either ND or the ACC

dudemanhey
dudemanhey

As an ACC fan i wish the league would let the Irish out of their contract and allow them to go with the non-football playing Catholic 7 schools. It would be a perfect fit, Notre Dame could remain indedependent in football, be in a better geographic basketball conference and still maintain a loose football affiliation with ACC.

 

Notre Dame does not belong in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  John Swofford's legacy will be that of ruining the most storied basketball conference in the name of the almighty dollar.