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09/13/2012 04:11 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2012

ACC, Big East Conference Realignment Over The Years

Once upon a time, the major conferences in college sports seemed to make geographic sense. It was simple. The schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference were situated in the middle and southern Atlantic region. The Big East Conference was comprised of schools from the Northeast. Schools in the Southeast combined to make the SEC. The PAC-10? it was along the Pacific Coast. And so on and so forth.

But as the years went by, more schools wanted to join these major conferences. They got bigger and bigger. After a while the leagues became brands and the names stopped being literal explanations of a conference's organizing principle. Now, the ACC has taken in some teams from the Southeast (Miami) and the Northeast (Syracuse). Teams from the Mountain West (Boise State) accepted invitations to join the Big East.

The ACC, which started out with seven teams in 1953, is set to have 15 schools in 2014. The Big East also originally had seven teams, but reached 16 in 2005 and is set to have 20 in two years.

The latest change came on Wednesday when Notre Dame (located in the Midwest) announced it will join the ACC in all sports except football.

"I don't think there's out there a better situation than the situation we have," said Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, via the Associated Press. "The ACC has allowed us to retain a tradition (of football independence) that's so central to our identity in football while we're joining a conference that athletically as well as academically fits Notre Dame perfectly."

Both the ACC and Big East will look very different in two years. Below is a list of all the schools that have shuffled in and out of two of the major conferences in college sports. Scroll down to see how the ACC and Big East have grown over the years.

Atlantic Coast Conference

1953, Founding Year: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Wake Forest

1991: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia, Georgia Tech

2005: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech

2014: Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Florida State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame

Big East Conference

1979, Founding Year: Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Boston College

1995: Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Rutgers, Boston College, Rutgers, Miami, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Notre Dame

2005: Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Villanova

2014: Louisville, Cincinnati, South Florida, Marquette, DePaul, Rutgers, Temple, Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Connecticut, Rutgers, Villanova, Memphis, UCF, SMU, Houston, Boise State, San Diego State

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