The Big East is very strong in men's soccer, and it's all teams that haven't (yet) left the conference (SJU, UConn, Louisville, Rutgers).
to start competing in the ACC before the Big East contract expires.
Non-revenue sports don't have a compelling financial argument to negotiate a buyout of the two-year+ Big East notice. But then, the Big East has no compelling reason, that I see, to make ND stick around and compete for the next series of conference titles in some Olympic sports.
The only time track and XC compete against the Big East teams is in the Big East Championship. ND has dominated both for a while. There are a few good programs in the ACC, but there were a few in the Big East as well. Overall, the move has a limited impact on ND's track and XC programs IMO.
I believe it will broaden the base of potential recruits.
lately, but Cardinals have loaded up with foreign ringers versus true student-athletes. Don't expect to see that from Virginia and UNC. I don't expect ND to change regular season schedule to travel to compete in Carolina when Big Ten offers better competition close to campus.