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How Long Until We Add the Big East to Our Coverage?

In case you missed it, Notre Dame is headed to the ACC for all sports except football. In addition, they will play 5 ACC schools per year on the girdiron. The Big East keeps getting weaker, and considering most of what is left is the old CUSA, this is not a good sign for them staying a major conference. They may still have a few big names, but wow. You have to wonder if this changes anything related to currently planned realignment.

Notre Dame Apparently Headed To The ACC (For All But Football, Hockey)

Updated with SB Nation link. I guess the idea of playing basketball against the likes of SMU and Houston didn't sit well in South Bend. The first info I saw on this subjecthttp://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8369070/notre-dame-sports-football-hockey-acc came from ESPN's Brett McMurphy, who has a good track record with this sort of thing. While I've been expecting a move like this for some time (based on message board chatter), I didn't quite expect it today. The Fighting Irish will now see a sizable chunk of its football schedule filled with ACC opposition (5 games according to McMurphy). Plus, they'll join fellow ACC rival Boston College in Hockey East. (Note the ACC will need four more teams to sponsor hockey as a conference, a big number, but not too sizable.) The big question is when this move happens, given the Big East's 27-month notice requirement. But, hey, it's not like Notre Dame would have much issue getting past that hurdle financially. Another is if football joins the conference down the road at some point, perhaps when the NBC money runs out.

Notre Dame To Join ACC

Notre Dame is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in every sport except football, where the Fighting Irish will maintain their status as an independent.

Syracuse is moving to the ACC in 2013

The BIG EAST Conference and Syracuse University today announced that both organizations have reached an agreement on Syracuse's departure from the BIG EAST and move to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Old Dominion Unlikely To Leave Early

According to a tweet by Ed Miller of the Virginian-Pilot, Old Dominion's AD Wood Selig has said that an early jump to Conference USA is unlikely. Going to be a long season for a lot of Monarch athletes.

CAA Decision Could Have Georgia State Bolting Early

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the decision to not allow Georgia State to play in Colonial Championship events as a team could have the Panthers leaving for the Sun Belt early. The move would be for all sports except football, where the schedules have been completed. Other schedules have been finished but not released.

Old Dominion, Georgia State Shut Out of CAA Championship Events

The Colonial Athletic Association hinted that they had made a decision during the Presidents' meetings. They just wanted a few days to work out the details. Well, the decision is here. Old Dominion and Georgia State will not be allowed to participate in CAA championship events. That leaves the conference with just seven entries into next season's conference basketball tournament. More reaction to this later when other details are released.

Boston University Off To The Patriot League For 2013-14

The Wheel O' Conference Realignment has taken yet another turn. The Terriers leave the America East, where it was a charter member. Holy Cross now has a convenient travel partner in the now nine-team loop. The Conference Changes for 2013-14 page is now updated with this info. Read more about this at Unranked America East.

Boston University Moving to Patriot League

Boston University has accepted an invitation to join the Patriot League starting with the 2013-14 school year. The Terriers, who were reportedly being courted by several conferences, including the Colonial Athletic Association, will be just the latest school to run from the America East conference. With this move, it looks more likely that the school targeted for football expansion in the north by the CAA is Stony Brook, another America East school. Invitations have been sent to several schools to join the CAA with announcements expected soon.

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