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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