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Q&A on Notre Dame joining the ACC

When can we expect Notre Dame to begin playing Maryland teams in all sports except football and hockey?

As soon as the 2013-14 season, but that remains to be worked out.

What sports just got tougher for Maryland teams?

You can start with lacrosse and men’s and women’s basketball. The lacrosse league with Maryland, Duke, new member Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina and Notre Dame will easily be the top conference. It already was, and this just makes it stronger. "Winning that championship  is going to be in some ways harder," Maryland lacrosse coach John Tillman said. "The positive spin is it’s really going to force you to push your guys and challenge them to be the best they can be."

So when will Maryland face Notre Dame in football?

That remains to be scheduled. But we know the teams will be meeting periodically. The plan is for Notre Dame to play each ACC team home or away at least once every three years. The Irish will devote five football games per year to playing ACC schools. Notre Dame hopes that can start in 2014.

Have the schools met before in football?

They’ve played in the past, most recently last season. When the Notre Dame game was scheduled in March 2010, Maryland proudly said the meeting would be "a statement game for our Terps football program." Notre Dame won convincingly, 45-21, in only the second football meeting between the schools.

Why would the ACC want Notre Dame?

It’s Notre Dame. It's a huge brand. The school lines up academically with the ACC and athletically the league just became a whole lot stronger across the board. This also sets the league up to take the Irish in football if they ultimately decide to -- or feel they need to -- join a conference. But Notre Dame is still asserting its football independence for now.

What is the ACC’s appeal to Notre Dame?

The increased presence in big markets and recruiting up and down the Atlantic coast, to name a few factors. The Chicago Tribune quoted Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick saying: "We'll be able to be in 10 of the 11 largest cities in America with our football program."

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