David Glenn of 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, NC is reporting that the ACC will announce the addition of Notre Dame, owners of the nation’s ugliest helmets, as a partial conference member. They will be announcing this in Chapel Hill at 12:30 P.M. EST.
I wonder if they are hoping this will take some of the attention away from Hansbrough’s mom and McAdoo’s court case?
Quick hits from what has leaked:
– Notre Dame will be a full member in all sports except Football beginning in 2014
– Football will play 5 games against ACC teams per year
– They will join the non-BCS ACC bowl lineup
– ACC exit fee increased to $50 million now (to keep FSU and Clemson, I suppose)
I think this is a good move for the ACC. New market, new fans, more TV revenue and a solid academic add. They really needed that after adding Pittsburgh. We’ll see how the TV contract works out with ESPN and NBC now possibly butting heads over Notre Dame football. No doubt the ACC will now look for another member to raise the conference membership to 16 schools. Who will it be? UCONN has been thrown around a lot but who wants their NCAA scandals thrown in with all of our existing issues? Not me.
I also figure this will reignite the debate about the ACC traditions being further crushed and trampled. We’ve heard plenty about it here in the Triangle area of North Carolina with NCSU and UNC not playing home and home’s every year in basketball and so on. Kiss your traditions goodbye and look ahead for some new ones.
UPDATE: by Richard Phillips:
Pictures of ACC Commissioner John Swofford’s meeting with Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick have started to leak out: