Big East, Notre Dame announce agreement

The Big East and Notre Dame officially announced their mutually agreed to separation on Tuesday, allowing the Irish to join the ACC in all sports but football and hockey on July 1.

Here are some statements, first from Big East commissioner Mike Aresco:

"This decision makes sense for the Big East. In view of Notre Dame's expressed desire to join the ACC on an earlier timetable, the Big East and Notre Dame were able to arrive at an acceptable resolution. The Big East can now focus fully on its future alignment and rebranding efforts. I want to thank the Notre Dame administration and athletic director Jack Swarbrick for their efforts in moving toward this orderly transition. Notre Dame has been a valued member of the Big East and we wish them well."

And from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick:

"From the time of our decision to join the ACC we have stressed our commitment to ensuring that our departure was achieved in a collegial manner. This agreement realizes that intention and we are very grateful to the members of the Big East and Commissioner Aresco for helping to facilitate this orderly and timely transition."