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Irish to stay in Big East for 1 more season

Notre Dame will call the Big East home for all of its sports except football and hockey for one more season.

Irish men’s basketball coach Mike Brey said during a teleconference Thursday that the university will not move to the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season.

“We do know we'll be in the Big East next season," Brey said. "That decision was made last Friday. So thank God we have some direction, we will play in the Big East next year.

“And I'm OK with that. I've had a little buyer's remorse on the ACC and going through the league and playing in these different buildings and wondering if it's going to be the last (time).

“So that you know you’re in the ACC, excuse me, in the Big East, you can start to schedule you’re non-league stuff.”

Brey said Notre Dame is scheduled to play Indiana in the Crossroad Classic in Indianapolis, Ohio State in the Gotham Classic and at home against Santa Clara next season.

Notre Dame announced Sept. 12 that it would move its athletic programs from the Big East to the ACC. The Big East requires a 27-month notice before a school leaves the conference.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick told The Associated Press he would like the university to make the move after the 2013-14 season even though that is before the required waiting period ends.

The seven Catholic schools in the Big East are planning to form their own league, but it appears those schools will remain in the conference for at least one more season.

Brey said that is one reason Notre Dame isn’t pushing to move to the ACC after this season.

“I feel strongly that the Catholic schools are going to be there with us,” Brey said. “It looked like the Catholic schools were not going to be able to formulate this league that they’re going to put together by next season. Now I think anything could happen. Could they put it together in the next six weeks? I mean nothing would shock me.

“But I think we feel that they’re going to be in there, we’re going to be in there, so the last hurrah is going to be next year, not this year.”

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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