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Notre Dame To Join ACC

Notre Dame officially becomes a member of the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

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Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco Gives Statement On Notre Dame

Mike Aresco, the Big East commissioner, had comments Thursday on the announcement Notre Dame will be leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports excepting football and hockey, two sports the Irish did not play in the Big East. Aresco's short comment is predictably positive:

Notre Dame has been a valued member of the BIG EAST Conference and we wish them success in the future. However, Notre Dame’s departure does not change our plans. We have prestigious institutions that are excited to be a part of the BIG EAST. We remain committed to making the BIG EAST stronger than it has ever been.

Notre Dame's move was already praised by Syracuse AD Daryl Gross, and shows a change of heart for Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, who didn't have kind words for Syracuse and Pittsburgh when they bolted for the ACC last September. The Fighting Irish will be the ACC's 15th school.

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Notre Dame Joining The ACC Is Great News For The Conference And For Pitt

Notre Dame joining the ACC benefits the conference, and it benefits Pitt as well.


Departures Of Notre Dame, Pitt, WVU And Others A Disaster For Big East Basketball

The Big East took another hit on Wednesday when news surfaced that Notre Dame would be leaving the conference to join the ACC for all sports except football and hockey. The Irish will join Syracuse and Pittsburgh as Big East members fleeing the conference for the ACC, but it's still unclear if they will join on the same timetable as the Panthers and Orange. The Big East is currently saying the Irish must provide 27 months notice. Pitt will play its final season in the Big East this year.

The move means that another cornerstone basketball program is leaving, dealing a big blow to one of the original powerhouse hoops conferences. Mike Rutherford of SB Nation discusses how ND's departure affects the Big East on the hardwood:

With Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia all hitting the road, the Big East will ultimately have lost a combined eight NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances. Compare that to new members Memphis, Temple, SMU, Houston and Central Florida, who have been combined for just one Final Four appearance since 1985 and zero total national championships.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect in all of this for the Big East is the increased likelihood of even more programs jumping ship.

The ACC is now stuck on the odd number of 15 for basketball, and programs like Connecticut or Georgetown (who would come with the added bonus of not muddying up the football numbers since they are not an FBS program) would seem likely candidates to even that out.

While the Big East is left decimated, the Irish, Panthers, and Orange add to the depth of another historical power conference in basketball, creating new regional rivalries in the ACC. The scariest part of the Irish's departure, as Rutherford notes, is that other cornerstone programs remaining in the Big East will be looking to jump at the first invitation. Thankfully for Pitt fans, the Panthers are safely in and on board in the ACC.

In addition to the three ACC departures, the Big East also lost West Virginia to the Big 12. The Mountaineers promptly exited this summer, winning a battle with Louisville to get a Big 12 invite. Rutherford also writes that the Cardinals, a 2012 Final Four team, will be looking to make a move as soon as there's another round of expansion.

For more on Notre Dame's move to the ACC, be sure to check out their SB Nation blog,One Foot Down. For more on Pitt and their move to the ACC, check out Cardiac Hill.


Notre Dame Addition Good For ACC

Notre Dame will be joining the ACC as a full-time member of the conference in every sport except football, which will bring several benefits to both the school and its new conference.

While the football team has always remained independent, the rest of the school's athletics had been a member of the Big East. The ACC is a better fit for Notre Dame academically as well as geographically, because the Big East will soon have members from the West Coast. In addition, the sustainability of the Big East as a major football conference is in doubt, so the transfer will help a Notre Dame program on the rise.

With the transfer, the football team will also play five games a year against ACC schools, allowing Notre Dame to expand its recruiting base.

Via SB Nation's college football hub:

Five games a year allows Notre Dame a good bit of latitude in preserving existing rivalries with USC, Navy, and Stanford, but also allows it to expand the recruiting base by reaching out into ACC territories -- most importantly Florida, one of the three chief talent pools for college football talent, and the talent-rich eastern seaboard.

The ACC will gain a highly-visible football program that may be able to help the conference expand into the Northeastern football market, which it has struggled to do. While the football program may not be part of the conference in name, they are certainly tied closer to it than any other division in college football.

For more on Notre Dame's switch to the ACC, read here.

For more on Notre Dame's move to the ACC, be sure to check out the Fighting Irish SB Nation blog, One Foot Down.


Notre Dame To Join ACC As Non-Football School

Notre Dame officially becomes a member of the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

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