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ACC Commissioner John Swofford Addresses Notre Dame Expansion Rumors

Rumors about Notre Dame joining a conference pop up every single year, and have really heated up since the school began its scheduling agreement with the ACC.

Earlier this month, FOX Sports' Tim Brando said that the school has had discussions with the ACC about potential full membership. Notre Dame is currently an ACC member in non-football sports, and plays five football games a year against member schools, an arrangement that was recently extended through 2037.

Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick denied that the talks have occurred the day after Brando's report. This week, ACC commissioner John Swofford also threw water on the report, but did not totally reject the notion of the Fighting Irish eventually becoming full members.

Swofford appeared on SiriusXM this week, and mentioned the program's status with the ACC:

Whether or not Notre Dame to the ACC is imminent, it would makes sense that the discussions have occurred. However, until Notre Dame is pressured—either monetarily, by the shifting media rights landscape, or the possibility that a lack of conference hurts the team's ability to compete for national championships—there isn't a ton of impetus for the Fighting Irish to make that big jump right now. The ACC has set itself up as the natural landing place for Notre Dame, should it join a conference, which is a solid position to be in in the interim, though.