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Report: Notre Dame discussing early Big East departure

Mike Brey's Notre Dame team may join ACC earlier than expected. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Notre Dame has discussed an early move of its non-football sports from the Big East to the ACC, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. It's been speculated that Notre Dame plans to join the ACC for the 2013-14 seasons.

Big East commissioner Mike Aresco told the Tribune on Thursday that talks with Notre Dame are "very preliminary" and not to be confused with negotiations that will spur the school's jump to the ACC. There isn't total clarity anyway, after a month, about when the school wants to make that jump.

"Notre Dame has expressed interest in at least discussing leaving early," Aresco told the Tribune. "We'll have a discussion about it. (Athletic director) Jack (Swarbrick) wasn't sure what they were going to do at this point.

Notre Dame's Sept. 12 announcement of its ACC agreement caused Big East officials to fall back on the 27-month wait period mandated by its conference bylaws, though they appeared open to negotiating the Fighting Irish's exit.

Swarbrick appeared ready to reduce that wait period during the ACC news conference saying, "it's in everybody's interests to try to move it along."

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