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Notre Dame Basketball to Play in ACC Next Season, SI Reports

The University of Notre Dame’s basketball teams will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, Sports Illustrated reported.

Notre Dame said last September that it would join the ACC in all league-sponsored sports except football as soon as it could exit the Big East Conference. The Big East presidents will vote on the issue today, SI reported, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation.

The ACC was able to accommodate Notre Dame as the league’s basketball schedule hasn’t been completed for the 2013-14 season, SI said on its website. The ACC will have 15 basketball schools next season, when it also adds Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East.

Notre Dame’s planned departure comes after the Big East last week reached an exit agreement with seven schools --DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Villanova -- whose top sports program is men’s basketball. The agreement clears the way for the so-called Catholic 7 to start a new league and take the conference name next season.

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