The Atlantic Coast Conference announced this morning that Notre Dame will leave the Big East and become the ACC's 15th member at some undetermined point in the future. But it's not a full membership, at least not yet. The Irish will play five football games annually against ACC teams, BUT THEY'RE STILL AN INDEPENDENT, DAMMIT.
Of course, there is a counterpoint to that, as presented by Every Day Should Be Saturday's Spencer Hall:
Listen, ND. I was raised Catholic, too. Halfway in counts.— edsbs (@edsbs) September 12, 2012
You know what really burns my hat about this? The Big East entered into a exclusive negotiating window with ESPN on September 1st for TV rights for at least most of the next decade, if not more, and Notre Dame decided NOW would be a good time to make a money grab. Like I needed more reasons to hate Notre Dame.
There is one final question to be asked: How long is the ACC going to stay unbalanced at 15 teams for the other sports? With those five guaranteed ACC football games, it's not going to be that long before Notre Dame football joins the ACC as well, so you have to figure the ACC is on the hunt for a 16th football school...