Alabama has more than that in football!
when it comes to the olympic sports, that it better have superior coaching, resources and facilities, because ND will have the weather working against it and will be competing in the same conference with some stellar academic institutions, who can also offer a persuasive case for attending their university, to the excellent academic kids who seem to dominate the olympic sports.
Not necessarily for football or mens and women's hoops, but the rest of our sports will definitely need upgrades to compete at their level. That's a good thing.
ND will be able to sell a much higher level competition. For the most part, I think the ND sports that were near the top of the Big East will also be near the top of the ACC. The probable exceptions are volleyball and swimming. They're likely going to get knocked down a peg in the new conference.
1. Baseball. Although ND wasn't a traditional Big East power in baseball, it did have one of the better Big East programs last year. The ACC is one of three power conferences in baseball, with the Pac-12 and SEC being the others.
2. Men's soccer and men's lacrosse. I grouped these two together since the issues facing them are largely the same. ND was in a decent, not great, conference in the Big East in both sports, and now they're about to join a monster conference in each sport. I'm not saying for certain that either team will take a tumble, but for both, the competition meter got kicked upward by several notches.
OTOH, I don't think men's basketball will have the sort of growing pains that many are predicting. I don't see the new ACC being any stronger (if even as strong) than the old Big East was. The main difference will be at the bottom of the conference: in the old Big East, you could pick most of the bottom six or so teams every year before the season began. In the ACC, the teams comprising the bottom of the conference figure to rotate somewhat from year to year. But that doesn't mean the bottom of the ACC will be any tougher, in any given season, than the bottom of the old Big East was. I look for pretty much more of the same: consistent 20+ win seasons, a few nice regular-season upsets, and an early exit from the NCAA tourney in most seasons.
It's not exactly a power conference. With the right coaching, there's no reason to think we can't be competitive.
The article lists a bunch of connections between ND and the ACC schools - especially this paragraph:
There already are a handful of connections between Notre Dame and other ACC members. Wake Forest president Dr. Nathan O. Hatch is a former Notre Dame provost. North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham and Georgia Tech athletics director Mike Bobinski both are former Irish student-athletes and Notre Dame athletics administrators. North Carolina executive associate athletics director Larry Gallo is a former Notre Dame head baseball coach. Virginia baseball coach Brian O'Connor is a former Irish assistant coach in that sport.
It looks like there is one notable "connection" missing. Not a single mention of the Duke AD in the entire article. On purpose? Merely an oversight?
Or at least it was released under his name.
Men's hoops coach Mike Brey will join commissioner John Swofford and five others in New York at the NASDAQ Stock Market closing bell ceremony later today, with a press conference at 2 p.m. ET and the closing bell ceremony at 3:45. .
Notre Dame, meanwhile, has marked the occasion by displaying ACC billboards near campus, launching an ACC splash page, posting online content highlighting the school's ACC connections and looking back at Big East accomplishments on UND.com.
...that getting Rutgers claimed that area for the Big Ten.