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Notre Dame president, athletic director meet with ACC

Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick talk about the university's move to the ACC.


Posted on Sepa. 12, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sepp. 12, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

Notre Dame is officially a member of the Atlantic Coastal Conference — though only partially a member in football.

Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick flew to Greensboro, N.C., this afternoon to announce its move to the ACC.

Here’s what they some of the main figures in the move had to say:

NOTRE DAME PRESIDENT REV. JOHN JENKINS

* “We didn’t feel like we could give (independence) up without losing out identity. ... We want to say emphatically and clearly, (football) aside, we’re all-in in the ACC. We’re deeply committed to the ACC.”

* “Our partnership with the superb institutions of the ACC will enhance greatly Notre Dame as a whole.”

NOTRE DAME ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JACK SWARBRICK

* “We’ll meet our obligations to the Big East and see if we can accelerate (an exit timetable).” As of right now, Notre Dame wouldn’t move to the ACC until 2015-16.

* “This wasn’t a financial decision. It’s financially neutral for us. That won’t change in the future.”

ACC COMMISSIONER JOHN SWOFFORD

* “What was best 20 years ago isn’t necessarily what is best in today’s world,” said Swofford on ACC going back on its original “all in or all out” requirements for conference membership.

* “There is no need to add a 16th team to the league, and there’s no intention to do so.” Swofford went on to say such a move would be “illogical.”

* “In all probability, Notre Dame will be one of multiple potential participants on the opponent side of the Orange Bowl.” Swofford also said Notre Dame would be eligible for a minor bowl game if it was within one win of that ACC team.

* “We’ll welcome them as soon as they’re able to join us.” Swofford said the time table for the move is up to Notre Dame and The Big East, which requires a $5 million fee and a 27-month notice.



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