Sep 1, 2012; Dublin, IRELAND; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back George Atkinson III (4) celebrates with running back Theo Riddick (6) after Atkinson scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the Navy Midshipmen at Aviva Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE

Notre Dame Joining ACC, Will Play 5 Conference Football Games Per Year

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will jump from the Big East to the ACC in all sports except hockey and football, which has agreed to play five games a year against ACC opponents.

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ND president 'concerned' about ACC

Notre Dame, the newest member of the ACC, is concerned about another spate of conference reshuffling.

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Notre Dame Press Conference: Independence, BCS Playoffs Major Factors In ACC Decision

Jack Swarbrick held a press conference and answered questions from the media on Wednesday night, just hours after it was announced that Notre Dame would join the ACC in all sports except for football. The Fighting Irish will also play five ACC football games per season while maintaining independence.

Swarbrick stated adamantly that maintaining football independence was critical to Notre Dame. Swarbrick said that the mission is to have Notre Dame playing "everywhere in the country," and that the school will continue its rivalry games yearly with both Stanford and USC.

By playing five times within the ACC, Notre Dame will have a large "East Coast footprint," which coincides with Swarbrick and Notre Dame's mission to be playing everywhere in the country.

Further, Swarbrick maintained that football independence was not only critical to maintaining a national presence, but to preserve Notre Dame's media arrangement, which "serves Notre Dame's independence." There was no talk between ACC and Notre Dame about Notre Dame sharing NBC revenue with ACC schools.

The timing of Notre Dame's decision was in large part due to the new college football playoff system. Swarbrick told the media that Notre Dame "began a deliberative process in considering options" once the college football playoff system was announced.

Notre Dame will begin playing five games against ACC opponents in 2014, when the Fighting Irish will host three games against ACC schools. Each year, Notre Dame will alternate between three home games and three road games.

Swarbrick maintained that Notre Dame will "meet its obligations with the Big East," but also conceded that it's likely in everyone's best interest to move all other sports to the ACC sooner rather than later.

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Notre Dame Will Reportedly Be ACC's Last Addition

The addition of Notre Dame to the ACC, announced Wednesday, won't mean that the ACC will go to 16 basketball teams. It will stay at 15 when Notre Dame joins in 27 months.

There's plenty of time to discuss how the division alignment in the ACC will go, but at this point it appears that the powerful basketball conference doesn't mind having uneven numbers in a two-division format.

The ACC already sealed deals with Syracuse and Pittsburgh to move from the Big East in September 2011. Notre Dame has long been a pretty solid Big East basketball team, so the top basketball conference in the country will be so much stronger in 2014.

ACC commissioner John Swofford had this to say regarding the idea of 16 teams:

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Notre Dame Joins ACC: Exit Fee Now About $50 Million

The ACC ensured on Wednesday that its addition of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish won't go to waste by increasing its exit fee to $50 million. That increase was voted on by the conference's Council of Presidents.

The ACC has been the subject of conference poaching rumors, with the Florida St. Seminoles allegedly flirting with jumping to the Big 12. The conference made a move earlier this summer when it took the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange from the Big East, but its television deal with ESPN in the wake of those moves was seen by most as a letdown.

That poaching of the Big East coincided with talks between the ACC and Notre Dame involving a post-season partnership based around the Orange Bowl. We will likely find out soon enough if the idea of Notre Dame joining the conference grew out of those initial talks.

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Notre Dame's Move To The ACC A Monster Blow For Big East Basketball

Notre Dame's move to the ACC in all non-football sports is the latest setback for a Big East conference that just two years ago seemed likely to dominate college basketball for the foreseeable future.

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Notre Dame Football Stays Independent, Gets Everything At Once

While we all wrap our heads around the news that Notre Dame is (sort of) joining the ACC, they'll just be over here having their cake and eating it, too.

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ACC Accepts Notre Dame As 15th Member

The ACC issued the latest shakeup to the NCAA landscape on Wednesday, announcing that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have joined the conference as a full member with the exceptions of football and hockey. As it pertains to football, Notre Dame has agreed to play five games annually against ACC opponents, with Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune reporting that each ACC school is guaranteed to play the Irish at least once every three years.

Notre Dame will join the conference whenever it exits the Big East, and that timeframe is something that may be worked on in the near future. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reported that unless there's a payout to the Big East, the Irish won't switch conferences until 2015. The ACC also announced that it increased its own exit fee to $50 million, all but assuring that the conference will be intact when the Irish make their move.

Notre Dame already has future football games scheduled with the Miami Hurricanes, Boston College Eagles, Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange, the latter two of which will be members of the ACC by the time the Irish join. Thamel also reported that the school prefers to keep a presence on the West Coast, meaning annual rivalries with the USC Trojans and Stanford Cardinal are likely to be privileged over those in the Midwest with teams like the Purdue Boilermakers or Michigan Wolverines.

Aside from football, Notre Dame's hockey program will also not be joining the ACC. It has plans to join Hockey East beginning with the 2013-14 season.

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Notre Dame To Join ACC With Football Exception

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will join the ACC in all sports except football and hockey.

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