Notre Dame and Big East talk early exit for Irish

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Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick says he has had "very preliminary conversations" with Big East officials about the Fighting Irish leaving the conference before the required 27-month notification period ends.

Notre Dame announced last month it was joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports except football and hockey. The Irish will remain a football independent, but play five games per season against ACC teams.

Big East bylaws require members give the league 27 months' notice before leaving. That would keep Notre Dame out of the ACC until 2015.

Swarbrick tells The Associated Press he believes it's "in the interest" of the school and the Big East to work out a deal. Pittsburgh and Syracuse agreed to pay $7.5 million to the conference to leave for the ACC after waiting only one season.

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