Notre Dame could move to the ACC as early this summer depending on whether the Big East allows the Irish an early exit, ESPN reported Wednesday.
The original plan was for Notre Dame to remain in the Big East through the 2013-14 season. But with seven Catholic schools currently in the Big East forming a new conference that they hope to launch on July 1, Notre Dame apparently is trying to opt out for the ACC in time for the start of the 2013 fall sports season.
Notre Dame announced last year that it was leaving the Big East in all sports but football to join the ACC.
There was no indication when a decision has to be made that would allow the switch to take place next season.
The Big East requires a school give 27 months' notice before leaving, which would keep the Irish in the conference until 2015. Negotiations will be necessary to reach an agreement to leave by next season, ESPN.com reported. Other schools have paid a higher exit fee to the Big East in order to depart at an earlier date.
Notre Dame's possible addition to the ACC next season would give the conference 15 teams for men's basketball.
Louisville, also headed to the ACC, will stay in the Big East through the 2013-14 season as will Rutgers, which is going to the Big Ten.