Notre Dame’s admission to the ACC will have to wait one more year as it was announced today that the Fighting Irish will play the 2013-14 season in the Big East. This comes from head basketball coach Mike Brey.
Notre Dame announced that it would be leaving the Big East for the ACC back in September, kicking off the string of realignment that sent college sports into a tailspin. According to Big East policy, a school must give 27 months’ notice before leaving.
Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick indicated in the Associated Press report that he would be in talks with the conference about an early departure, likely resulting in a departure fee, but those talks appear to have stalled. Brey indicated that one reason Notre Dame would remain for one more year has to do with the seven Catholic schools (Georgetown, Villanova, Providence, Marquette, St. John’s, Depaul and Seton Hall) who are angling to create their own conference.
Notre Dame will be aiming to join the ACC for the 2014-15 academic year with all sports except football, which will remain an Independent. Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Louisville are expected to join next year, as expected.
Big East associate commissioner John Paquette declined comment to the AP.