SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame has picked its conference. Now it has to decide which football rivalry games to keep.
The announcement Wednesday that Notre Dame is moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football and hockey came with a provision that the Fighting Irish play five football games a year against league opponents. That's good news for fans who want to see the Irish play Miami more often, but may not be welcomed by some traditional rivals.
The deal calls for the Irish to play each ACC team once every three years, which means traditional games against Pittsburgh and Boston College will end. Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Notre Dame will continue to play Navy, Southern California and Stanford.
But what of Big Ten rivals Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue? Swarbrick wasn't ready to say immediately.