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New ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips is calling for Notre Dame to participate in the conference as a permanent football member.
Jim Phillips’ new appearance as ACC commissioner could be determined by what happens between the conference and Notre Dame.
So it is no surprise that he is pushing hard for the Irish to participate in his conference.
During ACC Media Day on Wednesday, Phillips actively campaigned for Notre Dame to remain as a football member after being temporarily affiliated for the 2020 season.
“They know the importance of the ACC,” Phillips said, according to Steve Reed of the AP. “It’s been less than shy. It’s been less than shy since I’ve been here.”
The ACC actively seeks Notre Dame as a full member
Phillips added that he is focusing on the 14 schools currently participating in the conference, but it is no secret that the Irish will be a prime target to bolster the football brand. That’s especially true because Texas and Oklahoma are reportedly pushing to move to the SEC to form a superconference.
The ACC hopes Notre Dame’s 2020 experience is compelling.
“They had a chance to play a fantastic program,” Phillips said. “They had the chance to compete for a national championship and compete in the CFP. We have a practical example of what that might look like.”
Notre Dame has competed for national titles without the ACC. They made it to the BCS National Championship Game in 2012. However, they have not made a College Football Playoff appearance. Their path there may be further complicated by expansion and automatic bidding for conference title winners.
The Irish may very well maintain their independence. The college football landscape is moving forward, with or without them.
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