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Notre Dame Joins ACC: Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson Knows Irish Well From Navy Days

The big news of the day in college football - Notre Dame's sort-of commitment to the ACC in football - didn't seem to impress Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson all that much. Johnson admitted during the ACC teleconfernce he hadn't thought much about the potential impact, but the former Navy head man did admit that the Irish were always a huge game for the service academies (quote courtesy of the AJC):

"I think at Navy it was a little different because we played them every year. It was always a big game. Anytime you went into South Bend to play, it was a special deal and then we played our home games in different pro venues. We played them in FedEx (Field) or we played them in New York or different places. It was always a great challenge for our guys."

The Jackets and Irish have faced off before, as recently as a two-game home-and-home agreement in 2006-'07. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 27-6-1, but most of those games were played while both schools were independents. Tech joined the ACC in 1982.

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