When Notre Dame announced it was leaving the Big East for ACC in all sports except football and hockey last September, the school's target date for joining the conference was 2014. But with the recent breakoff of the "Catholic 7" from what's currently known as the Big East, Notre Dame's timetable was sped up.
Earlier in the week, DePaul, Marquette, St. John's, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall and Villanova -- a.k.a "The Catholic 7" -- announced their departure from the Big East in order to create their own conference (which will be known as the Big East). That left Notre Dame in a bind with the remnants of the current Big East, but on Monday the school announced it will join the ACC on July 1, 2013.
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“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 athletic director Jack Swarbrick said. “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.”
“This decision makes sense for the Big East,” Aresco said. “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. I want to thank the Notre Dame administration and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick for their efforts in moving toward this orderly transition. Notre Dame has been a valued member of the Big East and we wish them well."
Notre Dame football will add five ACC opponents to its schedule beginning in 2014. Its 2013 schedule will not be affected.