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Remember this day, ACC fans, because it's going to be historic.
Most importantly, it gives the ACC peace of mind in knowing that the nation's most valuable free agent is already a member of its ranks if - or more likely when - college football's new playoff reality finally forces Notre Dame to seek conference affiliation.
Does that mean Notre Dame might eventually join the ACC as a full member? Most in South Bend would prefer to preserve football independence, so don't count on it. Still, the Fighting Irish have taken a seat at the table alongside Swofford, and history suggests he can talk anyone into just about anything.
The agreement stipulates Notre Dame plays five football games per year against ACC opponents, but not compete for the league title and play eight games, as a full member would...
There's no conference that wouldn't benefit from adding the biggest of brand names. John Swofford's conference is the one that did. On the day he spoke of "a changing landscape," he effected the biggest change. Source: blog.ajc.com
"This solidifies us as the best and deepest basketball conference in the country with the success that Mike Brey has been able to establish with Notre Dame basketball," Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said. "They add another power program to our league. ... The leadership of the ACC has done it again. I think they hit a home run."
But joining the ACC "wasn't a tough decision," said Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president.
When the list of the most influential people in college athletics is compiled, Jack Swarbrick and John Swofford need to be near the top.
While Notre Dame might not leave the BIG EAST Conference until the 2015-16 season, looking at the current Fighting Irish coaching staff reveals many ties to the university's future home - the Atlantic Coast Conference.
News broke Wednesday morning that Notre Dame agreed to join the ACC...
As part of the agreement, the Fighting Irish will keep their independent status in football, but will play five games per season against ACC programs.
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