Notre Damewill join the ACC as full members in all sports except football, the conference announced on Tuesday.

The Fighting Irish will remain independent in football and enter a scheduling agreement with the league that will guarantee five games per year against ACC opponents.

"We are committed to keeping the Atlantic Coast Conference a vibrant and competitive league dedicated to ensuring the appropriate balance of academics, athletics and integrity," said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. "The addition of Notre Dame further strengthens the rich tradition and culture of the ACC as well as allowing for future academic collaboration and we enthusiastically welcome them into the league."

The Fighting Irish play four future ACC opponents in their 2012 schedule, and have been in longterm scheduling agreements with several ACC opponents.

"We have monitored the changing conference landscape for many months and have concluded that moving to the ACC is the best course of action for us," said Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics. "We are able to maintain our historic independence in football, join in the ACC's non-BCS bowl package, and provide a new and extremely competitive home for our other sports."

A press conference to announce the addition of Notre Dame to the conference will be held Wednesday afternoon at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

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