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ACC gets even stronger

Adding Notre Dame gives the league an odd number of teams, but boosts its brand

Originally Published: September 12, 2012
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The ACC's men's basketball coaches wanted Notre Dame to join Pitt and Syracuse when the latter two programs were announced as additions to the conference last year, extending the league's membership to 14 schools.

But the coaches weren't enamored with the idea of an odd-numbered, 15-team conference. They wanted one more school to round things out.

On Wednesday, they landed the Fighting Irish -- as soon as 2013 if Notre Dame can buy its way out of the Big East early, ...

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