DePaul hopes Notre Dame still in its future

DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said Wednesday she’s hopeful the Blue Demons can continue their athletic relationship with Notre Dame after the Irish depart the Big East.

Notre Dame announced Wednesday it is joining the ACC in every sport except for football. Notre Dame joined the Big East in 2005.

“The friendly rivalry between our programs goes back over a century,” Ponsetto said in a statement. “From the days of coach Ray (Meyer) being an All-American at Notre Dame to our years as independents playing each other in men's basketball twice a year to our current connection as members of the Big East Conference competing against each other in all sports, our alumni and fans have always enjoyed the many competitions and celebrated the memories of those events. Given our long storied history, our shared values and geographic proximity, we look forward to continuing our relationship and wish them well.”

Notre Dame and DePaul have faced each other 102 times in men’s basketball since the 1911-1912 season.