Notre Dame's Basketball Team Will Reportedly Enter ACC Next Season

Michael DulkaContributor IMarch 12, 2013

In response to the collapse of the Big East, Notre Dame is set to join the ACC for basketball next season. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reports that the anticipated move will soon be made official Tuesday:

Notre Dame’s basketball teams will play in the ACC next year, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. The Big East presidents will vote on the issue Tuesday morning, and an announcement is expected sometime after their conference call ends.

There should be no problem getting the "old" Big East to approve the move and allow Notre Dame's departure.

This isn't a shocking move, as the Irish had to make a decision where to play its conference games next season with the Catholic 7 leaving the conference and forming their own league. As such, Notre Dame's path to the ACC had been paved. 

Notre Dame joins Pittsburgh and Syracuse as current Big East teams that will play in the ACC next season. Including Notre Dame, there will be 15 teams in the league.

It will be an interesting transition for the Fighting Irish coming from the very balanced Big East to the top-heavy ACC. The three teams joining the conference should help improve the overall competitiveness and quality of the conference.