Notre Dame, except football, to join ACC

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Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference as a full member with the exception of football, but will play five football games annually against ACC teams, the conference announced on Wednesday.

According to the press release, the Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents  unanimously voted to accept the University of Notre Dame as a new member.

The Irish will join the ACC as soon as it can exit the Big East.

The Big East currently requires members to provide 27 months notice to exit. However, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were able to leave early by paying an increased exit fee.

“We are committed to keeping the Atlantic Coast Conference a vibrant and competitive league dedicated to ensuring the appropriate balance of academics, athletics and integrity,” said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement.

“We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us,” said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics.

In addition to extending an invitation to Notre Dame, the Council of Presidents voted to increase the conference exit fees to three times the annual operating budget. Currently this would equate to an exit fee of over $50 million.

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