Jul 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA; (L to R) Former Pitt Panthers football all-american Larry Fitzgerald, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, ACC commissioner John Swofford, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, NASDAQ senior vice president Bob McCooey, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey and mascots during the NASDAQ stock market closing bell ceremony after the ACC press conference at the NASDAQ Marketsite. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

ACC commissioner talks about Notre Dame


The ACC has been facing mounting criticism from the likes of Steve Spurrier after the conference decided to add Notre Dame for every sport but football, allowing Notre Dame to play five games a year against ACC opponents but remain technically independent. Commission John Swofford discussed the issue at the ACC media days event on Sunday, defending the decision:

Bringing Notre Dame in was the right thing to do at this point in time. It was a unanimous decision by our institutions and a very positive one that has already benefited us without question. The vast majority of people in our league are very pleased that Notre Dame is part of the ACC family under the conditions they are currently under. If they ever make the decision to join football-wise, they will be welcomed with open arms (Sporting News).

Swofford went on to discuss the “unlimited potential” of the ACC with the arrivals of the University of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Louisville all on the horizon, saying that “the composition for the long-term membership of the ACC has never been stronger.”

The ACC, of course, is the proud holder of a 3-13 record in BCS bowl games.

[Source: Sporting News]

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