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    Notre Dame set to join ACC in 2013

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    Notre Dame officially announced its split from the Big East Conference Tuesday morning. The Irish will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football (independent) and hockey (Hockey East) in time for the 2013 seasons starting this fall.

    Here is the official statement from ACC commissioner John Swofford and Notre Dame vice president/director of athletics Jack Swarbrick, courtesy of the ACC:

    John Swofford:

    "Our conference, schools and fans are delighted that Notre Dame will join the ACC on July 1, 2013. The addition of Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse, followed by Louisville in 2014, positions us extremely well with an outstanding collection of 15 member institutions."

    "As was previously announced, our annual five games against Notre Dame in football will begin with the 2014 season. This not only will enhance our league's already ambitious football schedules but also will provide terrific fan excitement."

    "From a basketball perspective, the level of competition will be second to none. As we look towards the future, there's no denying that ACC Basketball will continue to set even higher standards of excitement and excellence. The competition will be brutal, which is a great thing for our league and fans."

    Jack Swarbrick:

    "Notre Dame now looks forward with great anticipation to becoming a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. We are thrilled to join a great group of institutions who share our commitment to the integration of athletics into the academic mission of the university. Our coaches and student-athletes across our athletic programs are truly excited about the new challenges ahead."

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