The addition of the University of Notre Dame into the Atlantic Coast Conference had Clemson University fans and officials abuzz on Wednesday.
With the Fighting Irish joining the fray, Clemson will have a total of 14 conference competitors in all sports except football.
While Notre Dame will not be an official ACC football team, they will have the chance to face the Tigers when they play five conference games a year, playing each conference member at least once every three years.
"This is a real positive for the ACC," said Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney. "From a football standpoint, playing five games against ACC team's is a positive. It enhances the league's exposure every time you play Notre Dame. You can see where it helps Notre Dame football as well when it comes to bowl opportunities and scheduling. There are not negatives in this."
The most recent encounter between the two schools was when Notre Dame, ranked 15th at the time, beat the Clemson men's soccer team 2-1 during the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, IN, on Sept. 2.
In April, the Clemson women's rowing team finished two seconds behind the Irish at the UVA Invitational in one of three racing sessions.
Clemson football has a historic past with the Irish when Notre Dame traveled to Death Valley, beating the Tigers 21-17 in 1977. The Irish would go on to win the national championship that year.
Clemson returned the upset with a 16-10 win in South Bend in 1979.
The addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse on July 1, 2013 and then Notre Dame whenever they are released from the Big East, will make for an increasingly dominant and competitive conference for basketball.
Clemson men's basketball head coach Brad Brownell was the first Clemson official to speak out about the addition of the Irish, saying it was, "another feather in the cap of the league."
"We've added another program that is really strong in basketball," said Brownell. "They have a national reputation and tradition. It solidifies the fact that the ACC has become the premier league in college basketball.
"Mike Brey is an outstanding coach who does things the right way," Brownell continued. "He's stayed the course at Notre Dame and built a tremendous program. His program has sustained consistent success, which is something we all strive to do.
Brownell went on to say that he believes Clemson will be able to recruit more in the Chicago area and in Indiana with addition of the Irish. Notre Dame is located in South Bend, IN.
Other Clemson coaches and Athletics Director Terry Don Phillips are expected to comment on the addition later on Wednesday.
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