News broke on Wednesday that Notre Dame would be joining the ACC for all sports except for hockey and football, and today we had some comments from the Big East on the upcoming move. Big East commissioner Mike Aresco spoke today about the move, and he had the following to say about Notre Dame potentially leaving early:
They may make that request and then we'd have to negotiate with them because they are required to stay for two more seasons. If they do, we'll engage them in a negotiation. I can't tell you much more than that
He was also asked about a potential fee for an early departure:
I really don't want to comment much on that. There is a precedent for that. We'll maintain a good relationship with Notre Dame. We've been very magnanimous. That's the way we should be. We wish Notre Dame well. We'll talk to them. We may be able to figure something out. We may not. We just don't know yet.
Notre Dame would not be the first Big East school to negotiate an early exit. Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia have done so in the past. West Virginia paid the conference $20 million to join the Big 12, and both Syracuse and Pittsburgh agreed to fees of $7.5 million to join the ACC in 2013.