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UPDATE: Notre Dame hoops to start ACC play in 2013-14 season

Mar 12, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

Mike Btrey AP

Notre Dame is headed to play basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013-14 season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.

The program was initially slated to join the ACC from the Big East Conference for the 2014-15 season.

The Big East officials will vote on the issue on Tuesday morning, with Thamel reporting that it’s almost a certainty that the move is approved.

“It’s every everyone’s intention that this will happen tomorrow,” the source told Thamel.

Monetarily, the Fighting Irish will take a small piece of the Big East’s reserve fund, along with keeping their NCAA Basketball units.

Notre Dame and their coach, Mike Brey, have been pretty adamant about wanting to bolt the conference for the ACC next season, so this move is far from surprising. It’s easy enough to understand, with the Catholic 7 teams breaking away from what is now the Big East, beginning next season, taking the conference name with them. The conference as we know it is crumbling and it’s better, at least from an at-large bid standpoint in college basketball, to be in the more-stable ACC as soon as possible.

Now it’s going to be interesting to see of Louisville tries for the same thing. There isn’t a football tie holding Notre Dame around, so that’s working in their favor. But it’s something that the Cardinals don’t have the luxury of possessing. That may be the lone reason Louisville sticks in the Big East/America 12/Unnamed Conference for another year before joining the likes of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in the ACC.

Thamel also reports that the Fighting Irish are under the same Mutual Commitment Agreement as the Catholic 7, which means the normal exit fee won’t apply to them. They’ll just give up any part of the estimated $70 million in exits fees and other fund that the current Big East has piled up.

Just another day in the life of conference realignment.

UPDATE: It’s official.

“This decision makes sense for the Big East,” conference commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement. “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.”

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  1. nyheels29 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    This makes the ACC on par with the SEC’s claim to dominance in football, if not more so. The B1G is fantastic but had only really re-entered the conversation as the best conference in basketball within the past two-three years, there were definitely some down years before Michigan and Indiana became relevant again. But really there’s no way to top a conference that has:

    North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, Louisville, Pitt, Notre Dame. Not to mention the rest of the conference has been really, really down this year and usually 1-3 teams are really good out of Clemson, Florida State, Miami (not that they haven’t been awesome this year), Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, UVA, and N.C. State.

    The ACC is poised to likely have 3-5 true contenders every year, with probably up to 8 or so ranked teams each year. That’s SEC football level dominance, maybe more so considering there’s significantly more parity in basketball.

    Good time to be an ACC fan for sure.

  2. tomtravis76 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    The old ACC was great w/ MD,UNC,UVA,Wake, GT, Clemson,Duke, NC State. These schools made a great conference, great rivalries, there was a rivalry in its own right between each school. Now its all gone, things change all of the time, this new ACC is just a corporate merger.

    • nyheels29 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      I definitely agree but better this than going the way of the Big East. Conference realignment is a shoddy reality to deal with, especially as CBB fans because it’s so driven by CFB money, but a reality nonetheless. Although it won’t be the same, intra-league ACC play is gonna be pretty darn exciting for years to come. The ACC tournament is about to become an awesome battle to watch.

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