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The Blue Devils earned 50 of 54 first-place votes from media members Wednesday. Syracuse — which joins the ACC along with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame from the now-defunct Big East — was picked second and earned three first-place votes, while North Carolina was picked third and earned the last one.
Notre Dame announced in September it was leaving the Big East to join the ACC, with its football program remaining independent. Big East bylaws require 27 months' notice from departing members, but athletic director Jack Swarbrick indicated he would at least talk to the Big East about the possibility of leaving early.
After two months of playing mostly lightweight opponents and two weeks off for Christmas break, No. 21 Notre Dame is ready to begin its quest of trying to win its first Big East title before departing for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Morgan Wootten has received many awards in recognition of his long and successful coaching career at DeMatha High School.