UPDATE 9:56 A.M. Here’s the release from the ACC.
ACC Accepts Notre Dame as New Member
Irish to become 15th member of the league
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Notre Dame as a new member. The Irish will compete as full members in all conference sponsored sports with the exception of football which will play five games annually against league programs.
“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. “The addition of Notre Dame further strengthens the rich tradition and culture of the ACC as well as allowing for future academic collaboration and we enthusiastically welcome them into the league.”
“The ACC was founded on the cornerstones of balancing academics, athletics and integrity,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. “Our partnership with Notre Dame only strengthens this long-standing commitment. Notre Dame enhances the league’s unique blend of public and private institutions that are international in scope. The collective alumni and fan bases cover the entire country with exceptionally strong roots up and down the Atlantic Coast. This is a terrific milestone in the evolution of the ACC and showcases tremendous solidarity and vision by our Council of Presidents.”
“The ACC is composed of some of the most highly respected universities in the country, and we at Notre Dame look forward to joining them,” said Notre Dame President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “With a mix of institutions – many of which are also private, similar to Notre Dame in size, and committed to excellence in research and undergraduate education – the ACC is an exceptionally good fit for us academically, as well as athletically.”
“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. “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.”
With the addition of Notre Dame, the ACC’s future membership includes 11 institutions ranked among the top 58 in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report survey of “America’s Best Colleges”, more than any other conference also competing at the highest level athletically.
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.
UPDATE 9:45 A.M. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that Notre Dame will move to the ACC in all sports but football, with the Irish playing five football games per year against ACC foes. Here’s his Twitter feed. ACC announces it’ll have a news release at 10 a.m. I’ll post it when I get it.
THE ORIOLES LED SPORTSCENTER THIS MORNING. Yeah, I realize ESPN did it as much or more for the “Where do the Yankees stand” angle as the surging-birds angle, but I’m not going to be picky. The Orioles led SportsCenter. It’s chilly outside. There’s a tie atop the AL East with the promise of another round of games tonight. You’re dang right I’m in a good mood today.
THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION IDEA MAY LEAD NOWHERE. I’m OK with that, too. But I was thinking about it last night as I was driving home from Blacksburg and pondering our discussion here Monday about the stadium experience. And I wonder: If you could sit anywhere in the stadium or arena, where would you sit?
THE REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE I’M NOT SURE THE ANSWER’S AS SIMPLE AS WE MIGHT THINK. I’ve had friends text me pictures from major league games — “Three rows behind the dugout! I can smell the on-deck batter’s chaw!” — and while that’s cool, that isn’t where I would sit if I had my choice. I wouldn’t sit in the club seats or luxury suites, either. I’d sit in the upper deck, about halfway up.
THE REASONS? No. 1, it feels bigger. The panoramic view gives you the best sense of the crowd’s reaction. I don’t really want to see the game as the player sees it; I want to see the game as the masses see it.
No. 2: The people up there are great. They’re usually a little more budget-aware like me. They’re not wearing ties. They’re not on their cellphones making some business deal in the third inning, or waving at the television camera while texting their friends. They like to have a beer or two but aren’t there just to get sloshed like some of the standing-room only crowd. They’re my people.
I WENT TO MARYLAND DURING THE NOT-SO-GLORIOUS RON VANDERLINDEN FOOTBALL ERA, which preceded Ralph’s tenure. Basically, you could sit wherever you wanted (and I think it’s gotten back to that way now there). I would always climb to the upper deck, where maybe five other dudes were, and watch the game from there. I liked how you could always tell whether the team got the first down. If I had my choice in a packed house, I’d still opt for up there.
I TALKED TO A FAN AT A SALEM RED SOX GAME THIS YEAR who said he always sits in the upper deck on the far left side. His reasoning? He was a right-handed batter back in his playing days, and he likes to view the pitcher from the same side he did.
I GUESS WHAT I’M SAYING IS, EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN PREFERENCE. It’s not as simple as “This seat’s the most expensive, so it is the best.” So I’m curious: Where is your ideal seat at Lane/Scott/Cassell/JPJ/other venue? Why would you choose to sit there?
WEDNESDAY LOCAL HEADLINES
-Virginia Tech sophomore Kyshoen Jarrett is proving that he can be the physical, take-charge safety the coaches envisioned.
-It’s early, but so far, UVa tight end Jake McGee is following the same career path as former John Mackey Award winner Heath Miller.
-A second appeal to keep Franklin County out of the River Ridge District is denied by a VHSL committee. A final vote by the VHSL executive committee will settle the matter on Sept. 19. If the ruling stands, next year’s RRD will be Franklin County, Patrick Henry, Pulaski County, Salem, Carroll County, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Hidden Valley and Cave Spring.
NATIONAL HEADLINES: O’s top Rays, pull into first-place tie with Yankees, who fall to Boston…Detroit rallies past White Sox for potential season-saving victory…Athletics keep rolling, beat Angels in Anaheim…U.S. soccer team beats Jamaica 1-0 in critical World Cup qualifier in Columbus, Ohio…Penn State stickin’ with Sam Ficken to do the kickin’.
You’re playing so cool, obeying every rule
Dig a way down in your heart
You’re burning yearning for some
Somebody to tell you that life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You’ll get by if you’d only…