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BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board


  by David Hood - Senior Writer - Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:19 AM
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CLEMSON -- Clemson University President James Barker played a major role in helping bring Notre Dame to the Atlantic Coast Conference, according to Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins.

In a major announcement Wednesday morning, it was released that Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference as a full member with the exception of football, but will play five football games annually against ACC teams.

TigerNet spoke with Wilkins shortly after the announcement, and he called it a “tremendous” day for the ACC and its member institutions.

“This is a tremendous day for the ACC, because it strengthens our conference,” Wilkins said. “This is a very significant, positive step for the ACC.”

Wilkins said that the league has been in conversations for a lengthy period of time, and that Barker played what he called a major role in the deal.

“I think they have been in conversations for quite some time, and I have kept up with it through Jim Barker,” Wilkins said. “He has been one of the major catalysts to make it happen. You have to give credit to [ACC Commissioner] John Swofford and Jim Barker, because they stayed on the offense and encouraged this move. I can’t mention a specific date of when this started, but they have worked on it for quite some time.”

The Irish will join the ACC as soon as it can exit the Big East. The Big East currently requires members to provide 27 months notice to exit, although West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Syracuse were able to leave earlier by paying a higher exit fee.

Wilkins says that the move not only proves to the rest of the nation that the ACC is still a major player, but that the announced exit fee of $50 million for member institutions almost ensures that no schools will be leaving the ACC.

“I think it says very clearly to the rest of the NCAA that the ACC is intact in solid and not going anywhere,” he said. “I think it also shows that schools like Clemson are committed to the ACC.”

The football portion of the deal is of particular note, especially considering the conference’s recently negotiated television deal with ESPN and the fact that adding Notre Dame in football would almost certainly trigger a”look-in” clause in a few years that would enable the conference to re-negotiate the contract.

Wilkins said he certainly hopes that adding the Irish in football is on the table.

“I hope so. I think that option is there,” Wilkins said. “I think that is an option they are looking at it. I think this just shows a step forward for the ACC. They were not sitting back but they were on offense. The ACC is committed to strengthening the conference member schools. This is a huge day for the ACC.”

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Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
B-Meist®
FIRE ___________!***
cuvatiger®
yeah I wouldn't brag about it
74TIGER
End up? HEII...It's a horrible deal now!***
CM Shack
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
SJN1985
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
allorangeallthetime52®
Agreed! Punk Conference
EasleyRider
ND deal is irrelevant. $50M exit fee screws Clemson & FSU!
Razzmatazz
Agreed! We just sewed up 5th place in a four league race...***
CM Shack
It will help swimming, they have an awesome swimming program***
Neal in NC
Without football, this is bad news! Didn't help the Big East***
BigCat
Great news......
rncox
Yeah, I have to hope the motivation for this move was that
Battery505®
That's what the Big East was hoping too, but didn't happen***
BigCat
Didn't the Big East also have to deal with
MRTTMT
Having ND hurts more than it helps us. Bad deal all around.***
BigCat
If ND footbal joins a league, it'll be the Big Ten.
Razzmatazz
Notre Dame values the recruiting areas the ACC offers
ClemsonPoker489®
ND has always recruited nationally.***
Razzmatazz
Re: If ND footbal joins a league, it'll be the Big Ten.
rncox
ND traditional annual rivalries are Purdue, UM, MSU, not ACC***
Razzmatazz
50 million reasons ND won't join Big 10.***
luckyj®
ND football isn't in ACC, so no $50M exit fee to join Big 10***
Razzmatazz
WRONG, , during the presser
MRTTMT
WRONG. Football was NOT mentioned in that presser question.
Razzmatazz
You're still off, thee's no way they can join another
MRTTMT
Says who? I can't find that anywhere. Please post a link.***
Razzmatazz
Re: If ND footbal joins a league, it'll be the Big Ten.
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: If ND footbal joins a league, it'll be the Big Ten.
ArchieOCampbell
Re: Great news......
CidTiger
kee-rist***
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Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
Dugatiger®
So ND WINS again
89tigergrad
"Declare themselves ACC Champs"?
BentZero
Re: "Declare themselves ACC Champs"?
89tigergrad
They're not eligible for the ACC's Orange Bowl slot.***
luckyj®
Clemson gets a guarnanteed home game with ND
IPTAY FAMILY
where did you see that? I would love it, but would not count
Iwantthe80sback
LOL. So, it's about money but it's not about money??
josephg®
BULL CRAP!
MackDaddy®
Because it's better than not having them at all?***
josephg®
T-Net staff: Please report on who voted for $50M exit fee.***
Razzmatazz
Re: T-Net staff: Please report on who voted for $50M exit fee.***
JDTigerB®
Thanks. I now see that CBS reported it was unanimous.
Razzmatazz
That's the "official" vote after the majority won.***
BigCat
Officially voting "for" seems to hurt legal options to sue.***
Razzmatazz
Group vote by all 12 members....
85_alumnus®
Orange Bowl Tie-in from SPORTING NEWS
89tigergrad
Did you check out the date of that article?
IPTAY FAMILY
Do you want me to read that to you?
ClemsonTiger1988®
Breath. OK ??
89tigergrad
Not eligible (from an article written TODAY)...
luckyj®
SORRY!!! That article was on front page AOL this morning
89tigergrad
Just another reason Barker and Swofford should be FIRED!!!!!
gmcalis
Re: Just another reason Barker and Swofford should be FIRED!!!!!
8992Tiger
Wilkins said the $50M buyout shows the commitment
GregMumf
If everybody wasn't happy they wouldn't have signed the deal***
ClemsonTiger1988®
Barker was "catalyst" ??? what a maroon
dashibbit®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
Bumpbailey
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
Dugatiger®
Good, but not good enough.
Biochem 98
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says Barker was "catalyst" in bringing Irish on board
Bumpbailey
Barker just trying to reach his goal
fightigers®
And what school did your degree come from?
85_alumnus®
Not when you price out in state students. -->
DeathValleyReaper
Re: Not much Barker can do about that.
SouthernSun96
Since when does barker hold the power....he'll be working for the Acc before you know it...
fightigers®
Oh yes... that's a chuckle....
85_alumnus®
Re: Oh yes... that's a chuckle....
Dugatiger®
I think this case was a little different....
85_alumnus®
Nice....***
fightigers®

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