Notre Dame will become an official partial member of the ACC on July 1 this year after coming to an agreement to leave the fractured Big East. The decision was described by the league as “amicable.”
That means the ACC will welcome Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame this year, making it a 15-team league for most sports.
However, it doesn’t have an effect on the Fighting Irish’s football arrangement with the ACC. Notre Dame will still begin playing five ACC schools per season starting in 2014, the same year Louisville joins the league as a replacement for Maryland.
It’s still unclear when Notre Dame will be on Virginia Tech’s football schedule for the first time, although with full non-conference slates in 2014 and ’16, a 2015 matchup would make sense. The Hokies are scheduled to play vs. Furman, at East Carolina and vs. Ohio State that year, with space to easily add a fourth non-conference game.
ACC commissioner John Swofford released this statement about today’s news:
“Our conference, schools and fans are delighted that Notre Dame will join the ACC on July 1, 2013. The addition of Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse, followed by Louisville in 2014, positions us extremely well with an outstanding collection of 15 member institutions.
“As was previously announced, our annual five games against Notre Dame in football will begin with the 2014 season. This not only will enhance our league’s already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement.
“From a basketball perspective, the level of competition will be second to none. As we look towards the future, there’s no denying that ACC Basketball will continue to set even higher standards of excitement and excellence. The competition will be brutal, which is a great thing for our league and fans.”