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Why Notre Dame's non-football move to the ACC is a good thing for BC

While a lot of ACC fans moan about the addition of Notre Dame as a non-football member, I personally think this is very good news. Sure, it could be a little better with Notre Dame fully in the ACC, but it's still a good deal to me. Here's why:

1. It Keeps UConn and Rutgers out (for now): For all the Rutgers and UConn fans (them especially) that believe their teams deserved a spot in the ACC instead of Boston College, the ACC officially shut the door on that (for now). As reported by ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the ACC will not expand to 16 teams in hoops until Notre Dame becomes a full member. This is music to my ears, as I can't wait to not read about UConn (even Rutgers) joining the ACC for awhile. And with Jim Calhoun's recent retirement, the day just keeps getting worse and worse for UConn fans.

2. It can start a basketball rivalry with Notre Dame: I've always believed this is a rivalry that should be started, because these two teams and schools are built to have a rivalry against each other. While the football rivalry between the two will obviously be the main attraction, wouldn't you be a little excited if you heard BC would be facing Notre Dame in basketball? It's Notre Dame! The team that is probably the main sport rival on campus. If you add this rivalry, you just enhance the hatred between the schools more.

3. It allows the ACC to have much more flexibility when it comes to rearranging divisions; With the addition of Notre Dame, the ACC can now tinker with it's divisions in basketball easier. They can do it in a multiple of ways, such as geographically, which would appease to older BC fans who opposed their move to the ACC with BC. If you had a Notre Dame-Syracuse-BC-Maryland division, I'm sure they would like that.

4. It puts BC in the forefront for Boston's, and possibly New England's, College Basketball team: With UConn now likely playing in a weak conference and without their legendary coach, BU on a postseason ban, and Harvard amidst a scandal, who will New England college basketball fans turn to? BC, of course. And possibly UMass as well. Let's hope the Don and company can take advantage.

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