Tim Bourret, on the local Clemson Sports talk show yesterday, said there is a clause that if Notre Dame joins a conference before 2036 when the deal runs out, it has to be the ACC. Being a ND alum and former SID I would think he is correct.
ND's deal is totally different from the full member's GOR. Yes, they will have pay a penalty but they don't forfeit media rights until 2036, which is the entire issue that's preventing full members from leaving.
maximizing $ for TV negotiations and gaining footprint. Nebraska was kicked out of the AAU the year after they accepted the B10 invite. They are not going to take some dumpsterfire of an institution but at the same time, I don't think AAU will be a blocker like it was 10-15 years ago. I think more schools have been leaving the AAU recently than joining.