Posted March 11, 2013

Notre Dame Set To Jump To ACC Next Year

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An announcement about Notre Dame's jump to the ACC is expected after Tuesday's conference call. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

An announcement about Notre Dame’s jump to the ACC is expected after Tuesday’s conference call. (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Notre Dame’s basketball teams will play in the ACC next year, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The Big East presidents will vote on the issue Tuesday morning, and an announcement is expected sometime after their conference call ends.

“It’s everyone’s intention that this will happen tomorrow,” said the source.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise. The ACC has remained Notre Dame’s desired landing spot since the Big East basketball conference became depleted with the departure of the Catholic Seven. Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has been vocal about his hope to play in the ACC, a league he grew up watching as a Maryland fan and coached in as a long-time assistant at Duke. With the ACC’s basketball schedule yet to be completed for next year, the league was able to accommodate the Irish.

The economics of Notre Dame’s exit will be similar to the departing Catholic Seven basketball schools, meaning it will keep its NCAA basketball units and take a small amount of the Big East reserve fund.

Because Notre Dame left the Big East under a Mutual Commitment Agreement -– the same method as the Catholic Seven -– it was not subject to the traditional exit fee it would have faced if it stayed in the league for 27 months. Notre Dame’s fee will essentially end up forgoing any claims to the estimated $70 million the Big East has stashed away in exit and entry fees. (That number is liquid due to litigation and other factors.)

This will leave the ACC with 15 basketball schools for next season, as the league adds Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame. (Maryland will depart for the 2014-15 season, the same year that Louisville is scheduled to arrive in the ACC.)

10 comments
kitty
kitty

someone please confirm the tectonic movement of the Atlantic Coast westward to Indiania

6marK6
6marK6

By the way, is Indiana along the Atlantic coast?

6marK6
6marK6

The name Notre Dame draws us to the story, then we see it is about basketball and don't care.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The ACC continues to weaken itself, as it has done since the addition of those Big East teams like B.C. and Miami ( and yes, I know the Hurricanes are very good this year). And I disagree with you vp81955, as Terps fan, leaving is a terrible mistake. They accomplish nothing, save monetarily, by going to the 'B1G'. They will regret it for decades. Just my opinion.

vp81955
vp81955

Going to be a fun league next year for both men's and women's basketball...but as a Maryland fan, I'm still glad the university is switching to the Big Ten the following year. Better all-around athletics (particularly in football), better academic compatibility with College Park (land-grant state flagships), better research (CIC). The Terrapins have had 60 fine years in the ACC -- but the Big Ten is the only conference I would leave it for.

RandallAllen
RandallAllen

Notre Dame belongs in the Big Ten in ALL sports.

ChristopherBare
ChristopherBare

It's going to be a hell of a league for men's and women's basketball.  

Ncat33
Ncat33

@Rickapolis

How is the ACC weakening itself? With ND joining this year we will be able to increase our TV revenue by 5million per school at a minimum, we will be the dominate conference on the eastern seaboard, and next year we will bring in a stronger team football/basketball program in Louisville. UNC has no desire to go to the Big10 and you can take Maryland all day everyday!!

Paul Turgeon
Paul Turgeon

@RandallAllen Says who? The Big Can't Count didn't want Catholics when the Legends and Leaders were forming it with their special brand of bigotry. Now that they've been begging for us, they can kiss our collective Irish behind.