Notre Dame joins ACC as full member, except football

In a surprise move this morning, the University of Notre Dame announced that it would be joining the ACC as a full member in all sports offered by the conference, but will maintain independence in football. However,  as part of the agreement, Notre Dame is scheduled to play five ACC teams a year in football.

The move will happen once Notre Dame is able to leave the Big East, which requires its members to give 27 months notice before leaving the conference. However, as shown with the recent defections of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, and West Virginia to the Big 12 that 27-month window is open to negotiation with the payment of a higher exit fee.

This is great news for Notre Dame, which has moved to a more academically-oriented, more athletically-competitive conference that fits the school’s profile much more than the Big East. This is also great news for Boston College, which in the past year has seen two of its historical rivals move into its conference.

Notre Dame’s move to the ACC follows up the Fighting Irish’s move to the Hockey East Conference, announced earlier this year.

School, major and year: A&S, Political Science, '14
Hometown Lindenhurst, New York
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d take them to Seth Jacob’s Vietnam class to show off the academics, then head over to Gasson, Stokes, and Bapst…then Conte Forum for a hockey game, and then a trip to some Mod parties.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Keep calm and things will fall into place.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Usually my desk in my dorm room or a table in my common room.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Mozzarella sticks (pronounced muz-zuh-elle in my Brooklynese/Long Island accent) paired up with a Honey Q Wrap, with Blue cheese and without the tomato
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? This is a tough one. Probably the Michael Jackson costume that I’ve worn the past 2 years, possibly soon to be 3 come this October.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Let's go Outback tonight.