Matt Fortuna | September 30, 2014 | ESPN
On a Sunday summer afternoon in 2012, Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick hopped on a plane to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There, they met ACC commissioner John Swofford and Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch to discuss several items, a potential Orange Bowl arrangement among them.
"That was the primary reason for the meeting, but it evolved into more discussion," Swofford told ESPN.com. "And I think it ended up -- we didn't necessarily intend it to be -- but it ended up being sort of a pivotal point in the discussions going forward."
Fast-forward to MetLife Stadium this Saturday, and the final phase of Notre Dame's integration into the ACC will be complete, as the Fighting Irish will take on Syracuse in the first game of their semi-alignment with the league, which welcomed their non-football sports last year. The athletic department's big money-maker dips its foot into the ACC by playing an average of five league games a year, as agreed upon in September of 2012.