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What do you think about the Irish coming to the ACC? Miami Hurricanes approve.

The football Hurricanes are already playing Notre Dame Oct. 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Better get used to it -- at least on an irregular basis.

The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents unanimously voted to accept Notre Dame as a new member. The Irish will compete as full members in all ACC-sponsored sports -- except for football.

Once Notre Dame begins competing in the ACC, the Irish will play five ACC football teams a year. However, Notre Dame will not be counted as a conference team in football. So for Miami, for example, just like this year, the game will continue to be a nonconference game.

Notre Dame football will continue to be independent and retain its TV contract, etc. It will just have to play those five ACC football teams yearly, probably on some rotating basis.

Football coach Al Golden said he loves the idea, and hopes Notre Dame will one day become a full-fledged member in football as well.

"It's a great day for the ACC,'' Golden said after practice today. "Just really excited about what our leadership is doing -- our presidents, our ADs and the conference office, really fortifying our league and making it stronger.

"We just got back from Manhattan, Kansas. We've been playing these types of games. Obviously we're playing them this year. There will be a trend once we figure out -- once everybody figures out -- how the new rankings are going to be and how the strength of schedule is, then there's going to be a new paradigm. Everybody is going to have to make their schedules based on that, because nobody is going to want to be left out because their schedule is too weak out of conference and no one is going to want to knock themselves out. So, I don't know where that medium is right now. I know this: Our league is getting better top to bottom and it starts with quarterbacks.''

Later, Golden said on the ACC Coaches' Teleconference: "I think it's great. First of all they represent what we all represent in the Atlantic Coast Conference. And when you think about it, now we're really talking about.. We have Boston, Pittsburgh and New York City now, with Pitt and Syracuse, we have all the Atlantic cities now -- D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Charlotte all the way down to Miami. And now we're adding Notre Dame, who's got national appeal -- even though they're not a full-time football member right now -- in all the sports. And obviously we'll have a scheduling, I guess, coaltion or whatever you want to call it. All those things will benefit our product here in the ACC.''

Does Golden think Notre Dame will ultimately be a football-playing member?

"I think I share the sentiment of everybody. We would love to have them. They represent all the things we represent in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in terms of the commitment to student-athletes and graduation rates and doing things the right way. I would hope that it would be that [way] at some point, but I just found out myself. Is the ink dry yet?''

UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga was also pleased about the news.

"The best league in the country just keeps on getting better," Larranaga said in a story released by UM. "Notre Dame is a great addition to our conference because the ACC has always been about striving for excellence in the classroom and on the court."

Pittsburgh and Syracuse's addition next season will expand the league to 14 teams, and Notre Dame will make it 15. The league is not expected to add a 16th team. Notre Dame will join the ACC as soon as it can leave the Big East Conference. The Big East requires schools to pay a $5 million exit fee and give a 27-month notice before leaving.

   But Pittsburgh and Syracuse agreed to buyouts of $7.5 million in July to end their membership and join the ACC next year.

   Do you think it's a good idea? In football, Miami already will add a ninth conference opponent (Pitt will be in Miami's Coastal Division) next season. So in the years UM plays Notre Dame, the Canes would have two other nonconference opponents.

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Tell ND to bring it. We are going to crush them year in and year out once these freshman and sophomores get some experience, the sanctions are over, and we get our SWAG back.

GO CANES! WE STAND BY U!!!

The ACC better hope the Irish opt all the way in to the Conference when the Super Conferences are formed. That's the main reason they are letting the Irish call the shots right now. If the Irish become a full fledged member of the Conf., the ACC will definitely not be left out when there's only around 64 to 80 teams that will be included in the Nat'l Championship chase.

The ACC better hope the Irish opt all the way in to the Conference when the Super Conferences are formed. That's the main reason they are letting the Irish call the shots right now.

Posted by: rboud | September 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM

Texas AD DeLoss Dodds told me two years ago ACC was saving last two spots for UT, Notre Dame.
-- Austin American-Statesman sports columnist Kirk Bohls

SUPER BADASS

The ACC better hope the Irish opt all the way in to the Conference when the Super Conferences are formed. That's the main reason they are letting the Irish call the shots right now.

Posted by: rboud | September 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM

http://twitter.com/McMurphyESPN/status/245929834860122112

notre dame’s drawing power adds value to our gate receipts, bowl prospects & OB tie-in all the while devaluing the big yeast …
makes nyc’s inclusion in the ACC tournament rotation a virtual certainty…
no consensus on #16 …
runtgers? ucant? louis ville?
FEH
my nominee may surprise U: texas longhorn steakhouse
swing for the fences …
or as frank the tank might say: f_ck you pay me
16 members unwieldly anyway …
plus, ESPN agrees a bump in take home pay to $20M+ per school per year is warranted …
and dedicates a subscription-based channel which I’ve been pining for …
expanding without expanding …

KISS THE BLARNEY STONE

Personally I think it will be great for the Canes, the ACC and Notre Dame as well. At one time the Miami-Notre Dame rivalry was one of the most vile, intense and most publicized games in the late 80's and early 90's because the winner of that game played for the National Title. I hate Notre Dame and will always hate them but I know that they are good for my Canes and hope to see a return to the days when the both of them are back in the top 5 each year.

I like it. They already have a history with UM and BC, have faced FSU, and can give us exposure to a whole new group of midwestern fans.

Catholics vs convicts baby! Beat the catholics

ACC keeps getting better, why not our Canes??

Big freaken deal. Notre Dame has not won a NC since 1988. And the only reason they even won the NC that year was because of a blown call against the "U". Sound familiar? This took place when Cleveland Gary, the "U"s stud running back at the time, had clearly scored a go ahead TD. The officials said he had fumbled before he put the ball over the goal line. Replays clearly showed that he had crossed the goal line before the so called fumble. Notre Dame 31 The "U" 30. The only blemish on the "U"s record that year. While Notre Dame went undefeated. Notre Dame! Notre Dame! Who cares. The "U" has got to get their shi.. together before we start to worry or get excited about who may be coming to the ACC.

Who cares? Two run of the mill teams that will never be contenders again!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a big cash win for the ACC. Notre DAme games are always televised nationally and widely watched.

jsut another team that will be ahead of us in every sport except, maybe, baseball. we stink, thats what matters most. fix us first, then worry about the acc right golden?

The move is a good one for the ACC. Now each year, the ACC will have 5 games on NBC and that's going to be huge on the exposure side of things for all ACC schools. Although I have a couple questions, who decides which 5 teams they will play? ACC or ND? And secondly, will the 5 teams play ND at home or away? Or will it be like the ACC rotation in place now? One year at home and the next year the game is at ND?

My only concern with the addition of ND, Pitt, and Syracuse is the equality of the conference schedules. Currently, Miami is the only ACC team that has to play Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Florida State every year. In the rotation, Miami will again soon have to play Clemson again. So its likely that Miami will have FSU, Vtech, Clemson, ND, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina in the same year. And, we already have games scheduled with Nebraska and Florida (assuming those punks don't chicken out). That's one hell of a schedule. That will almost assuredly lend itself to 2 OOC games against FAMU, Toldeo, or similar teams.

Good move for the ACC as ND is a marketing heavyweight.This will cement the ACC financially for a long,long time.In another aside...it looks like Mississippi State has the next hardly dubious honor of being investigated by the NCAA.Their DB freshman hopefully will be punished first by MS before he plays his first game and before the NCAA comes down hard on that University.Seems the kid s 7 on 7 Coach refused to be the fall guy for the booster who gave the freebies to him at 1 of MS coaches urgings.Of course that MS Coach has since resigned.Well......this is what the NCAA lives for.Mississippi State............"front and center".Now Miami won t be the last football program being publicly investigated anymore.

great for the acc not for miami unless they get rid of there DEFENSIVE COACH

Conference alignment is a bad deal for the football players and the fans because it requires more travel for the kids and it destroys historical rivalries. For example: Pitt-West Virginia, Texas-Texas A&M, Nebraska-Oklahoma ....

The decision-makers only look at TV money, not the welfare of the fans or players. This is why this country is going down.

I hope the Playoff Selection Committee really takes into consideration Schedules, because I don't see an ACC school coming out of its Conference without at least one loss.

if ND comes here, i would think each acc school will get a little cash for whatever reason, and as long as miami gets cash, they dont care about winning. shalala will want NC in debate.

Good news, our rivalry goes back to years of intense football games....

JJ hated those guys and branded them some of the dirtiest players that the 'U' ever played.This coming from a friend who is a 'Cane who played on JJ's Championship 'Canes.

Still this rivalry should be good for both schools.
We seem to forget that although playing 5 ACC teams on a rotating basis yearly, this will not make them full ACC football members. They could not represent the ACC being only an Associate member, in the BCS.

More money to the coffers of the ACC and as the Conference improves and gains more impetus to go up against the SEC juggernaut.

Our 'Canes will be back and kicking when they are fully involved with scheduling, so that we have to look forward to, and let's face it, they are a good sell no matter who plays them for exposure.
Good move ACC...
Go 'Canes Always

This is going to be the first year our academics rank higher then our football team.

UND used to be a football school. Not anymore. Actually, when UM and YND take the field, I don't know who wins that one.

I remember Cleveland Gary. That's back when UM was so good that Gary backed up another real good player.

Irish coming to ACC? I have no feelings one way or the other. Anybody, Anyplace, Anytime. Whether we are 1-11 or 11-1, I could care less. Let's go.

CANE4LIFE

305, your gonna get your wish. 1-11

This is HUGE for the ACC and therefore UM. FSU and Clemson were seriously considering bolting the conference. The ACC would have been in real trouble. Even though ND is independent in football they will still play 4-5(?) ACC opponents/year not to mention the other sports. This stabilizes the ACC, period. FSU and Clemson aren't going anywhere and the Big 12 can suck an egg.

Sorry to be a pessimist but until the U is competitive/relevant in BB/FB I don't really care... Sorry

Honestly, I wish Notre Dame would close. I really can't stand them and their "better than thou" attitude.

We needed ND.
Someone up top suggested Texas as #16. I dont see it but that would wrap the conference up nicely.

Enough with conference stuff
Let's get our house in order!

GO CANES!!!

As a ND fan as a kid, and then a Canes fan as an alum (never the two shall meet, got my loyalties straight), I think it is great. I hope that ND brings football to the ACC as well. They are a school in tune with ACC values and would be a great addition. The sooner the better.

In the interim, let's get out there and put it on BCC. Our team needs a confidence building win.

IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE!

jrs,

Yah, I remember that bogus call in South Bend. Gary had scored. Like the NC phantom interference call made by a Big Ten ref. Bias against the Canes has been clear for years.

So, going to South Bend and putting it to ND when we are strong is a very tasty prospect!

Go Canes!

Just reading some of the posts.

green, UT would be a great add for the ACC.

But, agree with the shame of losing great rivalries like Texas and Texas A&M, and Pitt and West Virginia, etc.

But the money talks and everybody is listening these days. Kind of a shame really...

But a UM and ND conference rivalry would be bringing back one of the most intense and greatest rivalries.
Look forward to the Canes getting strong and having the confidence to beat anyone!

Great to see that the majority of the fans on here "get it". I was scared due to some of the sophmoric post I see on here that the majority of posters would be like, "Screw Notre Dame. We don't need them and yada, yada, yada,". It gets tiring hearing/reading rhetoric like that constantly.

Anyhow, it's good to see that most realize that even though we as 'Canes fans do not like The Fighting Irish (as most other fanbases dislike them also), we realize that they are a national AND international brand, have the one of the largest endowments outside of the Ivy League or Ivy league type of schools (Stanford, Vanderbilt, Duke, etc.) and even though they have not won an NC in 24 yrs., are still revelant and move the meter. The 'Canes move the meter too and are a national brand, but as much as it pains me to say it, ND is like the NY Yankees of college football, UM does not have that kind of following. Yeah, when we are winning it is great for CFB and we are the talk of the town on ESPN and nationally. The same can be stated about ND, but on a larger level. We will be back soon and like it or not ND will be back too (Brian Kelly seems to be moving them in the right direction). Great move for the ACC, ND and our 'Canes.

While it is great for um to get nd and great for the acc in general, when will notre dame get that u cannot be in the national title hunt without joining our conference or a conference. Do they really think there isnt a connection to them being independent and them not being relevant in the nc? And for some reason it's never talked about! When U play USC every year, and usually stanford, and b teams like air force and navy, then throw in Michigan and a few others, and u don't get the same teams year in year out, u cannot get the win percentage ur team needs in college football.
Bottom line: this was a step in the right direction, but not the right step to be made. When they finally see it, hopefully they will join the acc and make us a long term powerhouse.

i think if they play like they did at kansas state we are going to get run over literally!

So great to read these comments without having to jump past the cut and paste garbage we had on here the past few years. I guess that guy finally grew up.

I really don't see where this matters! ND gets a great conference affiliation and a place to take their minor sports w/o a commitment to leaving independent status! They are the winners! I dont really care where they are!They can speak of their tough schedule every year but being in a conference developes a type of toughness
and rivalry that makes most games important!

ND gets to play by its own rules and do what it wants to do cause the ACC needs ND more than ND needs the ACC. ND makes the ACC into a serious conference now, not just the basketball conference it currently is.

F*ck Notre Dame.

Here we are with the worse defense ever seen by man kind and we talking about Notre Dame! The fact our defense is still on scholarship is simply amazing! How can a group of men be so unable to at least let the opponents punter get in the game! They got about as much fight as a $5 crack ho.

I tried to watch the game again, but it so angered me that these coaches are so out of their league that I began spuing racial epithets because that is the only reason I can see that this D-Coordinator still has his job! And that has never been me and I apologize. I can't even watch the game with my crew anymore because I can't take them laughing at me like I showed up with that $5 crack ho as a date. My football season I've waited for all these months has been ruined! Maybe a $5 crack ho can get my spirits up. Peace and go canes (speaking inaudible)

we can use the good TV coverage that they bring..

GREAT FOR ACC AND FOR THE CANES, BUT WE MUST GET BIGGER AND STRONGER ON BOTH LINES AND BIGGER AND STRONGER ALL AROUND. WE NEED BIG FAST DEFENSIVE ENDS WHO CAN GET UP HE FIELD! MIAMI HAD A HISTORY OF TAKING A PLAYER IN HIGH SCHOOL AT ONE POSITION AND MOVING HIM TO ANOTHER POSITION BEFORE HE GRADUATES AND THEY DEVELOPED HIM BOTH IN SIZE AND SPEED! THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN NOW AT ALL! ATHLETE COMES TO MIAMI 6'3 200LBS 4.5 SPEED! HE LIVES 6'3 200 LBS 4.5 SPEED! NO PLAYING TIME AT HIS POSITION HERE DURING 4 YEARS! HE GOES TO NFL GAINS 30LBS(MUSCLE)AND IMPROVES HIS SPEED TO 4.4 AND BECOMES A STARTER IN THE NFL! THIS IS WHAT THE CANES NEED TO DO MORE OF! KENDAL THOMPKINS HAS HAD 5 YEARS TO DEVELOP AS A RECEIVER, HE HAS NOT HAS ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT PUTTING HIM AT SLOT CORNERBACK? WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THE LINEMEN(OFFENSIVE) PUT THEM ON DEFENSIVE LINE? START MAKING BETTER USE OF THE TALENT, JUST BECAUSE YOU COME HERE A TE DOES NOT MEAN YOU LEAVE HERE A TE IF YOU HAVE NOT IMPROVED! YOU'RE ON SCHOLARSHIP SO IF YOU DO NOT DEVELOP AT YOUR POSITION IN 2 YEARS TIME TO CHANGE TO ANOTHER TO HELP THE TEAM OR MOVE OUT!

How is ND great for the ACC? The ACC Commish bent over backward to basically screw the other schools. If ND are w/in 1 W of the school above them, then they get the better bowl.

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