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No Surprise: The ACC Would Welcome Notre Dame ASAP

welcome_mat2Until November, Notre Dame was scheduled to begin play full-time in the ACC (in all sports but football) by 2015.  But then Rutgers announced it was leaving the Big East.  That led to a breakaway by the “Catholic 7″ and even the loss of the Big East name altogether.  As of today, Notre Dame has no home for the 2013-14 academic year.

It should come as no surprise, however, that sources tell ESPN the ACC would allow the Fighting Irish to join its ranks this summer, ahead of schedule if the school desires.

After losing Maryland to the Big Ten, John Swofford’s league is currently attempting to fend off further potential raids from the Big Ten (and maybe the SEC and the Big XII).  Getting Notre Dame into the fold as soon as possible might not prevent future departures, but it can’t hurt.

Of course, nothing ever goes smoothly when it comes to schools switching conferences.

What’s left of the Big East — or whatever it will be called — apparently intends to make the Irish pay an exit fee before it can flee the shrinking league.  “Nobody’s going to let Notre Dame just leave; it needs to be negotiated,” a Big East source told ESPN.

Anybody else sick of all this realignment/expansion/lawsuit/negotiations nonsense?

 


5 comments
Roggespierre
Roggespierre

The ACC would "allow" Notre Dame to enter early?  It's more like the ACC would beg.

DanHogan
DanHogan

These schools made a commitment to one-another to form the league so they shouldn't be able to jump up and leave.  So, ND should be forced to either stick around until the notification period is over or negotiate something different. 

JohnMartinJr
JohnMartinJr

Just love the fact that SEC has no exit Fee... Speaks volumes without saying anything.

DanHogan
DanHogan

 @JohnMartinJr What does the SEC GoR look like?  Just ongoing for as long as a member is in the league?  Or do they have long-term agreements like the one the Big 12 signed a couple of years ago?

JohnMartinJr
JohnMartinJr

 @DanHogan  @JohnMartinJr

 yep, there is no Long-term GOR, and the SEC is working on gaining programining (from the member schools) for a SEC network, cause as it stands now the schools maintain there individual rights after the conference meets its network tv obligations. Flordia sends there others sports events to the sunshine network i believe.  I can remember tirgervision out of baton rouge way back when. which sat on a COX communications channel.

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