ND preps for ACC entrance

Notre Dame becomes an official ACC member today, even if the football team does not begin its five-games-per-year deal with the conference until the fall of 2014. Still, the school is wasting no time getting fully immersed in its new home.

Men's hoops coach Mike Brey will join commissioner John Swofford and five others in New York at the NASDAQ Stock Market closing bell ceremony later today, with a press conference at 2 p.m. ET and the closing bell ceremony at 3:45.

Joining Brey and Swofford will be Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, Syracuse men's hoops coach Jim Boeheim, North Carolina men's hoops coach Roy Williams and former Pitt All-America receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, has marked the occasion by displaying ACC billboards near campus, launching an ACC splash page, posting online content highlighting the school's ACC connections and looking back at Big East accomplishments on UND.com.

Football will have to settle for a Nov. 9 tilt at Pitt as its lone dalliance with the conference until next fall.