In a surprise move this morning, the University of Notre Dame announced that it would be joining the ACC as a full member in all sports offered by the conference, but will maintain independence in football. However, as part of the agreement, Notre Dame is scheduled to play five ACC teams a year in football.
The move will happen once Notre Dame is able to leave the Big East, which requires its members to give 27 months notice before leaving the conference. However, as shown with the recent defections of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, and West Virginia to the Big 12 that 27-month window is open to negotiation with the payment of a higher exit fee.
This is great news for Notre Dame, which has moved to a more academically-oriented, more athletically-competitive conference that fits the school’s profile much more than the Big East. This is also great news for Boston College, which in the past year has seen two of its historical rivals move into its conference.
Notre Dame’s move to the ACC follows up the Fighting Irish’s move to the Hockey East Conference, announced earlier this year.