Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, left, speaks as Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford listens during a news conference at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Notre Dame comes as close as it ever has in surrendering its independence in football, agreeing to play five games against the Atlantic Coast Conference every year and joining the burgeoning league in all other sports. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, left, speaks as Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford listens during a news conference at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Notre Dame comes as close as it ever has in surrendering its independence in football, agreeing to play five games against the Atlantic Coast Conference every year and joining the burgeoning league in all other sports.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, left, speaks as Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford listens during a news conference at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Notre Dame comes as close as it ever has in surrendering its independence in football, agreeing to play five games against the Atlantic Coast Conference every year and joining the burgeoning league in all other sports. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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