Official: Notre Dame joining ACC in 2013

Official: Notre Dame joining ACC in 2013
March 12, 2013, 12:00 pm
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With the Big East breaking away earlier than expected, Notre Dame and the ACC will join forces in 2013, the school and the conference announced on Tuesday.

On June 30, the Irish will part with the Big East, a conference they have been affiliated with in most sports since 1995. That same day Georgetown, and six other basketball-only schools also will leave the conference for a retooled Big East.

Notre Dame, which originally announced it would depart the Big East on Sept. 13, will compete in all sports except football and hockey starting in the 2013-14 season. That means next season the ACC will add three basketball programs - including Syracuse and Pittsburgh - which will make the NCAA Tournament this campaign.

"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 in a statement released by the school. "This agreement realizes that intention and we are very grateful to the members of the Big East and Commissioner Mike Aresco for helping to facilitate this orderly and timely transition."

Notre Dame's football program remains independent, but will play five football games per season against ACC programs starting in 2014. The Irish are not part of the Big East's 2013 BCS bowl lineup in 2013, meaning Notre Dame will not have a bowl tie-in should it not reach a BCS bowl.

In basketball, the Irish will reportedly play Georgia Tech and Boston College twice annually with others twice on a rotating basis.