SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame enters its second season in the Atlantic Coast Conference seeking a new identity.
The Fighting Irish stumbled to a 15-17 finish last season, its most losses in 14 seasons under coach Mike Brey. They finished 6-12 and tied for 11th in their inaugural season in the ACC, matching Notre Dame's worst finish in the Big East under Brey.
The Irish discovered that the formula that worked in the Big East didn't work well in the new league because the ACC has too many teams that play a similar offensive-minded style. The Irish also learned they can no longer afford to ignore defending some opposing players.