“This decision makes sense for the Big East,” said Big East commissioner Mike Aresco. “In view of Notre Dame's expressed desire to join the ACC on an earlier timetable, the Big East and Notre Dame were able to arrive at an acceptable resolution. The Big East can now focus fully on its future alignment and rebranding efforts.”
Notre Dame announced in September that it was leaving the Big East and moving all of its sports minus football to the Atlantic Coast Conference. A timetable for the move was expected to take place in 2015, which fell in line with the Big East’s policy of providing 27-month notice. However, last week’s deal between the members of the Catholic 7 – St. John’s, Georgetown, Marquette, Seton Hall, Villanova, DePaul and Providence – and the Big East to facilitate a breakup in July, sped up Notre Dame’s timetable.
“From the time of our decision to join the ACC we have stressed our commitment to ensuring that our departure was achieved in a collegial manner,” Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick said. “This agreement realizes that intention and we are very grateful to the members of the BIG EAST and Commissioner Aresco for helping to facilitate this orderly and timely transition.”
According to Sports Illustrated, Notre Dame will not have to pay the Big East a reported exit fee of $2.5 million. The school will instead forgo any claims on the $110 million of revenue, which the league will be dividing up between the remaining members of the Big East.
“Our conference, schools and fans are delighted that Notre Dame will join the ACC on July 1, 2013,” said ACC commissioner John Swofford in a statement Tuesday. “The addition of Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse, followed by Louisville in 2014, positions us extremely well with an outstanding collection of 15 member institutions.”
As part of Notre Dame’s move to the ACC, the school’s football program would play five conference opponents starting in 2014. That will stay on track according to Swofford, who believes the move will provide ‘terrific fan excitement.’
“From a basketball perspective, the level of competition will be second to none,” added Swofford. “As we look towards the future, there’s no denying that ACC basketball will continue to set even higher standards of excitement and excellence. The competition will be brutal, which is a great thing for our league and fans.”
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