Well, this didn't take too long. Remember when Notre Dame went halfsies with the Big East they were supposed to play a certain number of Big East teams each year. They, uh, didn't do that. Then, once the Big East began to dissolve, Notre Dame was left out of a basketball conference. And, lo, the ACC came with open arms. For Notre Dame to join to the ACC for basketball and other sports they were "obligated" to play 5 football games each year against ACC opponents. Well, now they're trying to get out of that obligation.
Why? Take it away Brian Kelly: "The ACC schedule bites a lot of that up, and then there's still some long-term commitments going back to Knute Rockne that tie our hands." Translation: we're Notre Dame. You're not. Screw you. In conference realignment many schools have given up long-standing rivalries (see: KU/Mizzou, Texas/Texas AM, SU/G'Town). Whether or not this is good can be debated. But, Notre Dame feels their history is more important than other schools' history. So, therefore, although they agreed to this 5 game schedule at first, they now want out. Surprised?
Ideally, the ACC will take a hard line here. But, we know what's going to happen. Notre Dame will get out of one game this year. Then, another game next year. And, by 2016, Notre Dame will have 2 ACC schools on their schedule. This 5 game ACC schedule obligation will take it's place with the Big East's scheduling paradigm. It will be farce. It is a farce.