North Carolina coach Roy Williams on Wednesday welcomed new league foe Notre Dame to the ACC, via prepared statement:
“The ACC’s decision to add Notre Dame has my full support. I wish to welcome the Fighting Irish and their fans to the ACC. It’s a great school with one of the most historic traditions in all of college athletics. I look forward to competing against them on a regular basis. Certainly as conferences looked to expand their membership, common sense said to look at Notre Dame. Notre Dame and the ACC is a fit that makes a lot of sense.”
Added UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham, a Notre Dame graduate:
“It’s an exciting and historic day for everyone associated with the ACC and college athletics. Notre Dame shares the University of North Carolina’s and the ACC’s values of integrity, academic achievement and athletic success. It will be a major plus for ACC football to play the Fighting Irish five times a year and their basketball programs and Olympic sports teams have much to offer to our league. The ACC presidents, Commissioner Swofford and the ACC staff should be applauded for their forward thinking in making Notre Dame and the ACC a reality. It is a move that strengthens each and every ACC institution and solidifies the league’s place as one of the premier conferences in the country.”
The Tar Heels, by the way, are 16-4 all-time against the Irish in men's basketball.
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