Updated: Notre Dame to join ACC, will remain football independent

The ACC has accepted Notre Dame as its 15th member. The school will compete as a full member in all sports but football, in which it will play five games annually against league members, and men’s ice hockey, in which it will join Hockey East.

No timetable has been set for Notre Dame’s departure from the Big East. At a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., ACC commissioner John Swofford said he was leaving the matter up to Notre Dame and the ACC.

“We will welcome them as soon as they’re able to join us,” Swofford said.

Pitt and Syracuse will begin ACC play in the 2013-14 school year, two years after accepting an invitation to join the league from the Big East. When Notre Dame does join, six of the league’s 15 members will be former Big East members, joining Boston College, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

“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 athletic director, in a statement. “We are able to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC’s non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports.”

The alliance permits Notre Dame to retain its cherished football independence, but with the five annually scheduled ACC games, the league would appear to gain more bargaining power in a re-negotiated television contract. It was not immediately clear how the five games against ACC members would be scheduled. The Fighting Irish play Boston College, Wake Forest and Miami this season, as well as Pitt, which will join the ACC next year. Georgia Tech has played 34 games against Notre Dame beginning in 1922, most recently in a home-and-home series in 2006-07.

At the news conference, Swofford said there was no need or intention to add a 16th team. Given that a 16th team would create a 15-team football conference, he called it “illogical.” It also appears that no one in the league will be going anywhere. School presidents voted to raise the exit fee to $50 million. It was raised to $20 million last fall when Pitt and Syracuse were officially accepted into the league.

Going forward, “I don’t know why there would be any rumors” about schools leaving for a different conference, Swofford said.

Notre Dame will retain its contract with NBC to broadcast home football games. The deal brings Notre Dame a reported $15 million annually and expires in 2015. The school will not share in the football portion of the ACC’s deal with ESPN but will receive a 1/15th share of the basketball portion, which is 20 percent of the entire ACC contract with ESPN. The ACC’s re-negotiated contract is worth a little under $3.6 billion over the next 15 years. Notre Dame’s share from basketball will be $47 million.

Using the ACC’s valuation of the football portion of the contract being worth 80 percent, each ACC school will average $13.5 million in television revenues for football over the life of the contract. However, Swofford noted that the added inventory of two to three annual games against Notre Dame in ACC stadiums will allow the league to go back to ESPN to re-do its deal.

The decision by league presidents to add Notre Dame went against its previous all-or-nothing stance regarding new members. At the league’s media days event in July, Swofford said that was the presidents’ position the last time it had been brought up, which was during the expansion to 12 teams in 2003.

“What was best 20 years ago isn’t necessarily best in today’s world,” Swofford said Wednesday.

In July, Swofford seemed to know that bringing on Notre Dame as a full-fledged member would not be easy.

“Obviously, I think Notre Dame can continue longer than anybody else because of their history and tradition,” he said. “Notre Dame’s Notre Dame. There’s a certain element that goes along with being Notre Dame that’s different than just about any other institution program in the country in terms of its ability to continue to be independent in football. Obviously that’s their decision going forward as to whether they think they can do that. I know it’s important to them and I would think they would want to do that as long as they feel like they can and remain a viable national competitor.”

More updates to come.

99 comments Add your comment

FL Jacket

September 12th, 2012
10:45 am

Oh no…they’ll potentially get to leapfrog a more deserving ACC team for a higher-grossing Bowl game without having to play the ACC schedule.

Please tell me this gets better…

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
10:53 am

“….without having to play the ACC schedule.”

LOL. Please tell me that was not a serious statement.

At any rate, given Notre Dame’s horrific bowl record and general inability to beat anyone worth a crap it seems that they would be a natural fit for ACC football.

Scott

September 12th, 2012
10:54 am

Boo – who wants Notre Dame as an independant? Too good for any football conference? Forget them. What a bad move for the ACC. What a joke. Now our teams have to travel to the middle of nowhere to play baskbetball and the non-revenue sports.

yeller bug

September 12th, 2012
11:05 am

Stupid move ACC. I know it’s all about the money, but at least show some discernment in your greed. This is goofy.

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
11:09 am

when nbc pulls the plug, they will need e$pn…

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
11:13 am

kudos to Super for the heads-up(yes, i’m going back to work now)

FL Jacket

September 12th, 2012
11:56 am

“LOL. Please tell me that was not a serious statement.”

You’re right dwagfan, if they need any examples on how to ride coattails without actually contributing any competitiveness to the conference they don’t have to look much further than Athens, do they?

Michael Veli a.k.a. Jim Donnan's financial adviser

September 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

I don’t fully understand this, it’s like the ladies on ‘The View’ discussing polotics…”discernment in your greed” – i like that yeller bug, iIs it just me that thought Daniel Drummond may have been done better at B back?

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
1:21 pm

“You’re right dwagfan, if they need any examples on how to ride coattails without actually contributing any competitiveness to the conference they don’t have to look much further than Athens, do they?”

Their first stop should be North Avenue. Can’t beat UGA? Just jump on the bandwagon of any SEC team that can. Its a tried and true Techie tradition.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
1:22 pm

I digress. This is obviously a ploy for attention by the ACC. They are desperate for any kind of publicity they can get. It doesn’t benefit the current ACC members in anyway. A bush league move by a bush league conference. End of story.

wreckmaniac

September 12th, 2012
1:29 pm

All this shows is that all colleges are following the money with extreme scrutiny. The ACC is the best match for ND in all sports including football.

Other schools should look around more. It is obvious that UGA belongs in the Big East where it can have clout. Its SEC relevance is long past.

Ringleader

September 12th, 2012
1:36 pm

Bad. Bad, Super Bad move by the ACC

It will only make it easier for a team to leave the ACC. Why would you want to prop up Notre Dame in all of its other sports and not have them included in football. And, think of the travel cost for Clemson, Miami, FSU and Tech to travel to South Bend for the minor sports with no football to pay
the bills.

The leprechuan spit in the ACC's face

September 12th, 2012
1:38 pm

Notre Dame has always been self anamoured. Now, they spit in the ACC’s face by avoiding playing a full ACC schedule, which should be easy enough to do.

This is further ACC football humiliation.

ODBAlpha

September 12th, 2012
1:38 pm

With Notre Dame’s huge east coast fan base, this move allows the ACC to dominate all major media markets on the east coast. Don’t discount the exposure from the Chicago market as well. Their academics are a perfect fit with the ACC. With the exception of possibly Vanderbilt, there isn’t a diploma from an SEC school that’s worth the paper it’s printed on outside of the deep south.

Interesting...

September 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

I recall when GT opened a few seasons against Notre Dame a few years back, it’d be nice seeing that match up again. Unless they plan on doing more labor day games with VT.

Seriously, I am a UGA grad and I can prove it ...

September 12th, 2012
1:45 pm

UGA in the Big East? Not so fast. Boston College defeated us in the Music City Bowl in CMR’s first year and they did it in the late 80s, also in some minor bowl, when Dooley was there.

Pitt? They tied UGA in the early 70s with a tail back named Tony Dorsett there and came to Athens and again defeated us like 24-10 with him. In 1981 or 82 they whupped UGA in the Sugar Bowl with Dan Marino hitting his receiver on a corner back blitz by UGA.

Syracuse, in Goff’s era, whupped us in the Peach Bowl and we had that game won, but they somehow won that game.

I want none of the Big East with this recollection.

Go Dogs, just don’t go to the Big East.

poorsilver

September 12th, 2012
1:47 pm

This is a Joke right? The ACC continues the tradition of being generally a laughed at option from top to bottom. All of this while Notre Dame is able to schedule 5 cupcake ACC games and another set of Ball state’s to finish up their football schedule. This will assure Notre Lame a solid season and an easy ride to supposed football power. And what does the ACC get…..mmmmm….Nothing.

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
1:53 pm

You forgot to mention West Virginia. They gave us some problems in the sugar bowl you might recall. Seriously, for whatever reason, we do not have a great record against the Big East. Thank God we can pad the W column with easy victories over our joke in-state “rival.”

GT Lee

September 12th, 2012
1:57 pm

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
1:22 pm

I digress. This is obviously a ploy for attention by the ACC. They are desperate for any kind of publicity they can get. It doesn’t benefit the current ACC members in anyway. A bush league move by a bush league conference. End of story.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

dwagfan you moron, I guess you know all about ploys for attention. You trolling the Tech blogs DAILY is your ploy for attention. A bush league move by a bush league troll. End of story.

Thanks

mac

September 12th, 2012
1:58 pm

Quote:Oh no…they’ll potentially get to leapfrog a more deserving ACC team for a higher-grossing Bowl game without having to play the ACC schedule.

Please tell me this gets better…”

And they will get to keep their money from the game rather than share it with the rest of the conference if an ACC team was in the game. It will be a given then, that Notre Dame will be in the Chic Fila, Sun, Champs, ..etc on a yearly basis,…so all of that money is now leaving the conference. Great move Swafford. Swaffor=Little Girl

dawgfan

September 12th, 2012
2:00 pm

I digress. This is obviously a ploy for attention by me. I am desperate for any kind of publicity I can get. A bush league post by a bush league poster. End of story.

Dawglasville

September 12th, 2012
2:02 pm

Just another reason to hate Notre Dame. I don’t know how much lower public opinion can get of them. They should have come on full tilt or nothing, in my humble opinion.

PHorning

September 12th, 2012
2:25 pm

Why would ND not want to play all the ACC teams they can. We can give up Mich and Mich St and Southern Cal for Duke, or Weak Forest or Ga Tech. Why would we not do that. We play a tougher schedule now than any ACC team. We will beat all the ACC teams we play this year and in the future, with possible tough games against FSU and VA Tech. The rest are cupcakes.

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
2:35 pm

PH, Q?-who administered the worst home opener loss in Irish history?(hint-it was this century)

PHorning

September 12th, 2012
2:39 pm

juvenal–Your being juvenile. What is our overall record against you. (hint- your behind)

UGA = Yawn

September 12th, 2012
2:44 pm

They ARE included in football. What are you reading. Playing 5 games in the ACC. That is being included. It is not 8 like we play but 5, nonetheless, is quite a few. This may start a GT vs ND rivalry again and I am all for it!

1 4 GT

September 12th, 2012
2:45 pm

that’s Hornung you idiot!

Footballrules

September 12th, 2012
2:46 pm

Dawgfan…wanna talk about a joke. All the “College Grads” who pull for CCI (Clarke County Correctional Institute). Growing up in S. Georgia, most of the CCI fans I knew never set foot in college anywhere.

1 4 GT

September 12th, 2012
2:48 pm

The AJC has gotten sneaky with the meebo bar….trying to change the color to make it blend in & be harder to see….also makes it harder to see for those that wanna read it & buy some junk

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
2:50 pm

oh, touche’-i am so wounded!!! good thing i don’t take this as seriuosly as most folks here, they get more vehement than on npr….not talking about the 20th century, talking about a cupcake that is a better team now doing a # 7 years ago….watch who you give those honoraries to & maybe you’ll do better…

GTfan2012

September 12th, 2012
2:57 pm

This is as good as it could possibly be for the ACC. Six months ago the ACC was dead and buried. Today, the ACC has a seat at the table of the national championship, a major bowl tie in, an exit fee that should end discussions of poaching once and for all, and Notre Dame as essentially a partial football member (with the potential for more once their TV deal expires). NO ONE BELIEVED THIS WAS EVEN THE BEST CASE SCENARIO OF THE ACC’S FUTURE SIX MONTHS AGO!!!!!

PHorning

September 12th, 2012
3:01 pm

14GT–Your the idiot. Thats Paul Hornung the football player. I am Pete Horning, the plumber. A GT grad by the way but a loyal catholic

William Casey

September 12th, 2012
3:06 pm

“dawgfan” never blogs that he doesn’t subtract from the sum of human knowledge.

Buzzzed

September 12th, 2012
3:07 pm

Headline should say “will remain semi-independent “

GTfan2012

September 12th, 2012
3:07 pm

PHorning,
No “Your” an idiot! You are such a loyal catholic that you support ND over the school you graduated from?! My father, grandfather, three uncles, and three cousins graduated Virginia Tech and I grew up a Hokie fan. I was in the stands on Labor Day, but you can bet that there wasn’t a bit of maroon and orange on me. I bleed gold because I bled gold with gold sweat and tears to earn my GT degree.

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
3:08 pm

Pete-since we go to the same Church, it’s “you’re”…remember what happens when you call folks “raka”…

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
3:11 pm

attend Mass at the Catholic center at Tech sometimes, esp. as a “loyal” Catholic don’t pull for notre shame after that “honor” degree…

1 4 GT

September 12th, 2012
3:15 pm

I never knew GT offered a degree in “Shet don’t run uphill”!!!!

PHorning

September 12th, 2012
3:17 pm

Look guys, you pull for who you want to pull for. I grew up going to ND games and have been a life long fan. My loyalty to my church and the ND Fighting Catholics is stronger than to GT and the Paul Johnson offense which I find so boring. Sorry.

bigcalidawg

September 12th, 2012
3:19 pm

Notre Dame is too hard for ACC football.

Dang

Buzzzed

September 12th, 2012
3:21 pm

So ND gets $15million from NBC for football and each ACC team gets 13.5 from ESPN for football.

All this fuss about staying semi-independent over 1.5 million? Once ACC renegotiates with ESPN, all ACC teams will be getting 15 million too.

reebok

September 12th, 2012
3:24 pm

ND will besome a full-fledged football member in 2-3 years, playing a full ACC football schedule. Then UConn, Rutgers or Louisville will come over and make it a 16-team league. And then we’ll ditch the Atlantic & Coastal division protocol and go to North & South regions. At least, that’s what NBC sports is predicting…and it makes a lot of sense.

GTfan2012

September 12th, 2012
3:26 pm

Wow, I just had no idea that a GT degree meant so little to some people.

PHorning

September 12th, 2012
3:33 pm

MY degree does, but the football team does not. I sweated as much as you,GT, or anyone else and the football or basketball teams was not my life. Get a life

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
3:33 pm

still, i’m happy-for the ACC’s sake-to see them join-reebok, see my 11:09AM post…

Tdawg

September 12th, 2012
3:34 pm

When the he!! are these colleges going to stop kissing Notre Dames arse. Jeez people are yall that stupid? Notre Dame does nothing that doesn’t get them the best of the deal, while absolutely giving nothing in return. Notre Dame ain’t crap and other than over inflated egos, hadn’t been relevant in 20 years. They are desperate to keep their football program’s money while finding an easier path to the National Championship without giving up absolutely nothing and the ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS CONFERENCE just handed it to them. Crap the ACC is ran by a bunch of idiots. What does Notre Dame get in this arrangement? Everything. What does the ACC get? Egg on their face.

juvenal

September 12th, 2012
3:35 pm

didn’t know Tech had a plumbing degree…Peace & God Bless you, Brother…

UGA = Yawn

September 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

People – stop callin each other ‘idiots’. Have some class. If you disagree comment on why you disagree or don’t comment at all – or provoke more attacks.

MisterT

September 12th, 2012
3:43 pm

TOTAL BS! BAD MOVE!

PHorning

September 12th, 2012
3:44 pm

We do have Mechanical Engineering and I own the company. Don’t be so juvenile juvenal.