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Notre Dame Set To Join ACC This Fall; Arranges To Avoid Big East Exit Fee
Published March 13, 2013
DOLLARS & SENSE: The TRIBUNE's Hamilton writes for “all the hairpin turns and detours” that followed Notre Dame's September announcement it would join the ACC, “maybe the most stunning swerve came at the end: What made the most sense in college athletics actually happened.” Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey said, "It's been a distraction. I'm glad we have an answer and can plan accordingly." Hamilton writes the move is a “boon for just about every Irish program, from the higher-profile basketball teams to soccer, baseball and lacrosse.” Swarbrick said, "In so many ways, it's optimal for us.” Notre Dame “paid no exit fee, per se, but agreed to claim a relatively small share of the Big East's cash reserves -- one source put it at $1 million -- while the football schools retained the bulk of that pool.” Hamilton: “Whatever the price, it was a necessary one to pay for the health of the department” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/13). Swarbrick in a statement said, “From the time of our decision to join the ACC we have stressed our commitment to ensuring that our departure was achieved in a collegial manner. This agreement realizes that intention” (NJ.com, 3/12).
LET'S GO BOWLING: ESPN.com’s Matt Fortuna wrote Notre Dame’s move “will have little impact on football this fall.” The school had “two bowl partnerships that lasted through this fall, one of which, the Champs Sports Bowl, had a one-in-every-four-years Big East replacement clause for Notre Dame, which the Irish used up in 2011 by playing Florida State there.” Notre Dame "has to make a BCS-bowl game this season or essentially become a free agent replacement for a conference that does not fill its bowl slots.” The New Era Pinstripe Bowl “can take Notre Dame if the Big 12 cannot fill its slots” (ESPN.com, 3/12).