Background from yesterday here.
This morning, SportscenterU on ESPNU reported that Pittsburgh and Syracuse have officially been accepted, and that others are being considered, and Yahoo! Sports confirmed this:
But USA Today reported early Sunday that the ACC presidents had already voted on Saturday morning to accept Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the league. Citing an anonymous source, the newspaper said the ACC was still considering adding two other East Coast teams and that Connecticut and Rutgers would be the candidates.
ACC officials have scheduled a 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday teleconference but did not disclose the subject of the call.
Barron confirmed that 11 of 12 ACC presidents attended a meeting in Greensboro, N.C., on Tuesday—the other participated by phone—and unanimously approved raising the exit fee to $20 million—up from $12 million to $14 million—for any member leaving the conference.
“The great thing is that the conference is strong and committed to a unanimous commitment to staying together,” North Carolina State Chancellor Randy Woodson said. “And to the extent that this is kind of a dramatic shift in conferences, we’re trying to be proactive and stay strong.”
Also, from WRAL:
The ACC announced Sunday that its council of presidents unanimously voted to accept the two schools from the Big East. The move increases the ACC’s membership to 14 and sends the Big East scrambling to replace two of its cornerstone programs.
Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said in a release that the school’s leadership “could not envision a better conference home for Pitt.”
The ACC says it extended invitations after the schools submitted letters of application to join the league. It is unclear when the move will take effect. The Big East’s exit fee is $5 million, and schools wanting to leave must provide 27 months’ notice.
The ACC scheduled a 9:30 a.m. ET teleconference with the media.
Commissioner John Swofford said the expansion “geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts.”
Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor called the ACC “a perfect fit” for a program that was one of the founding members of the Big East.
“We are pleased that Syracuse adds a New York City dimension to the ACC, a region in which we have built strong identity and affinity, and we look forward to bringing ACC games to the Big Apple,” Cantor said. “Overall, for Syracuse, this opportunity provides long-term conference stability in what is an uncertain, evolving, and rapidly shifting national landscape.”
The ACC again sees the solution as raiding the Big East. Who’s next: UConn and Rutgers or Texas and Texas Tech?
Whether we like it or not, the cozy southeastern basketball conference most of us grew up with no longer exists. One impact of this will likely be a shift away from Greensboro and Charlotte for the ACC Tournament and Championship, respectively. It won’t be suprising to see the ACC Tournament hosted by the Meadowlands or the Championship game at whatever they’re calling the new Giants Staidum nowadays.
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