Notre Dame announced on Wednesday morning it would join the ACC in all sports except football.
However, the Fighting Irish will still play five games annually against ACC opponents. When exactly this move is to take place is unclear, but the date has been preemptively set for the 2015-16 school year.
“Today is a great day for the University of Notre Dame and our athletics department, including the football program,” said Brian Kelly, head football coach, in a statement. “Speaking strictly from a football standpoint, we have further solidified our future as an independent in college football, maintained our unique ability to schedule nationally and greatly improved our postseason bowl game options.”
The ACC also announced it has increased its exit fee to three times the conference’s annual operating budget — which comes to over $50 million.
Virginia Tech and Notre Dame have never met on the football field. The Irish’s new contract will require them to play each ACC team at least once every three years.