ACC would accept Notre Dame early

The ACC would allow Notre Dame to join the league this summer if it can get out of the Big East, sources told Brett McMurphy of ESPN.

McMurphy writes:

Notre Dame intended to stay in the Big East through the 2013-14 season as long as the league's seven Catholic basketball schools remained. But those schools -- DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova -- are expected to announce in the coming days they are leaving the Big East to begin their own league on July 1.

Notre Dame officials have indicated previously that the Irish would seek an earlier exit from the Big East if the Catholic 7 schools departed before 2014. Notre Dame announced last year it was joining the ACC in all sports, except football.

Earlier this week, ACC commissioner John Swofford told the News-Record, "We’ve said consistently in Notre Dame’s case that we would be ready for them to join us whenever they negotiated an appropriate exit from the Big East. A lot of the discussions within our league and decisions that needed to be made in regard to Notre Dame joining us and us becoming a 15-member league have already been made. We’re ready to accept them whenever they can make that transition, whether it’s sooner or later.”

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