Wow, just how bad did the ACC want ND? http://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...faded6-0013-11e2-9367-4e1bafb958db_story.html From Article Notre Dame would never commit to a full slate of nine ACC games a season because that would make it very difficult to schedule the seven games that are part of its NBC TV deal each year. How much of the NBC deal does the ACC get? Zero. If Notre Dame is invited to a Bowl Championship Series bowl game — or beginning in 2014 to one of the new playoff games — the ACC gets exactly the same percentage of the money as it gets from the NBC deal: zero. Will the ACC’s deal with ESPN be improved by Notre Dame’s presence? Slightly. Notre Dame already appears once or twice per year on ESPN’s ACC package. Now it will appear twice or three times. You can also bet that in most years that Notre Dame is scheduled to play three ACC road games, one of those games will be moved to an NFL stadium and, even though it will technically be the ACC school’s home game, much of the crowd will be wearing green and gold. In short, Notre Dame gives up nothing in football and is guaranteed to be part of the ACC’s bowl package in years that it doesn’t reach the playoffs or a BCS game. Additionally, the way the deal is written, an ACC team will need two more wins than Notre Dame to not get leap-frogged by the Irish in the bowl pecking order. In other words, if Maryland and Virginia finish 9-3 in a given season and Notre Dame is 8-4 and it is the Gator Bowl’s turn to pick the No. 3 ACC team, it can — and will — pick the Irish. One more bonus for Notre Dame: If and when it does return to national prominence, it won’t have to deal with playing in a conference championship game against a quality opponent in order to wrap up a playoff spot or a BCS bid.