While this development falls under the purview of CollegeBasketballTalk, we did want to mention one aspect of it for clarity’s sake.
As expected, the Big East announced Tuesday morning that Notre Dame will be permitted to officially leave the conference for the ACC July 1 of this year. The move, which cost the South Bend school $2.5 million, involves all sports with the exception of football (independent) and hockey (the ACC does not offer the stick-and-puck game).
Some have asked what if any impact such a move would have on the football scheduling agreement previously announced by the Irish and the ACC. The short answer? None whatsoever, as ACC commissioner John Swofford relayed in his statement on the early addition of Notre Dame to his conference.
“As was previously announced, our annual five games against Notre Dame in football will begin with the 2014 season,” Swofford confirmed in the release. “This not only will enhance our league’s already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement.”
So, there you have it. As planned, Notre Dame’s annual five-game mini-conference slate will begin next year despite the other sports’ early departure from the Big East.