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Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly will remain an independent in football for the foreseeable future.

Notre Dame football won’t be joining ACC any time soon – or ever

Bill Speros

Notre Dame director Jack Swarbrick Tuesday swatted down recent reports that his school – college football’s lone independent power – was in talks to join the ACC as a full-time member in football.

“Absolutely not true,” Swarbrick said Tuesday during the ACC spring meetings. “We love the ACC but we love our relationship the way it is and there hasn’t been any discussion.”

Various media reports and rumors of Notre Dame and the ACC talking about a football union broke Monday as the ACC’s spring meetings kicked off at Amelia Island.

The Fighting Irish play host to the UGA Bulldogs on Sept. 9 in South Bend, Ind., in the first meeting of those two teams since the 1981 Sugar Bowl.

Notre Dame joined the ACC in 2014 in all sports except football with the caveat being the team schedule at least five games a season against member schools. The Irish were previously were members of the Big East in all sports except football up until 2013.

Notre Dame’s football independence comes with a big-time lucrative contract with NBC and a century of tradition and (mostly) winning. Notre Dame’s solo status in football allows the Irish to cut their own deal.

Talk of Notre Dame joining a football conference is about as old as the Golden Dome itself. This rumor, like so many others concerning the subject, was quickly dispatched.

 

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