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ACC reportedly receives letters of application from Pitt, ‘Cuse

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Last night it was reported that Big East members (for now) Pittsburgh and Syracuse have held informal talks with the ACC about a potential move to that conference.

Apparently, those talks have gone well beyond the informal stage.

Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com is reporting Saturday morning that the ACC has received official letters of application from Pittsburgh and Syracuse.  A Big East official subsequently told McMurphy in an update to his story that the two schools are likely gone to the ACC

A source with knowledge of the ACC’s thinking on expansion told CFT this morning that the conference has held conversations with multiple schools to ensure the league is prepared if/when there is a move to 16-member superconferences.  McMurphy reports that the ACC has been contacted by 10 schools recently, presumably to inquire about becoming a member of what’s abruptly turned into a very, very proactive league.

A Big East official told CFT a short while ago that the conference has been caught off guard by the reports.  There’s been no response, official or otherwise, from the Big East.

An official at a current ACC school told our own Ben Kercheval that “it would be safe to conclude [expansion] is inevitable.”  The official would not speak directly on the reports connecting Pitt and ‘Cuse to the conference.

In a related note, McMurphy reports that the presidents of the ACC member schools voted unanimously last week to increase the exit fee penalties to $20 million.  That’s certainly a significant development as the rumor mill last month had, at various times, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Clemson as potential targets of the SEC as that conference was in the process of adding Texas A&M as its 13th member.

Of course, exit fees of any amount can be managed/worked around, especially when a money-rich conference like the SEC is part of the discussion.

But, these reports of late show that not only is the ACC intent on keeping its current membership together, but adding to it as well as the race to 16-member superconferences has seemingly turned into a full-blown sprint.  Who would’ve thought that the ACC would suddenly become the Usain Bolt of expansion?

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11 Responses to “ACC reportedly receives letters of application from Pitt, ‘Cuse”
  1. overratedgators says: Sep 17, 2011 10:43 AM

    Oh, Notre Dame … You have a gentleman caller. He says his name is a Mr. Delany.

  2. John Taylor says: Sep 17, 2011 10:45 AM

    “Oh, Notre Dame … You have a gentleman caller. He says his name is a Mr. Delany.”

    ^^^ this ^^^

  3. bmmayhew says: Sep 17, 2011 10:51 AM

    I’ve been saying it for two years: 8 conferences with 16 teams apiece. The teams/conferences will rake in the dough, TV networks will love it ( already do), the fans will keep rooting regardless, and it *hopefully* helps sort out the postseason, which is currently a debacle.

  4. gnorules says: Sep 17, 2011 11:04 AM

    Syracuse still has a football team? Oh well, two more teams for VT to roll over on their way to another ACC Championship.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Sep 17, 2011 11:15 AM

    I was pretty surprised that Pittsburgh wasn’t one of the teams poached back when the ACC took on BC, Miami, and VT. Both they and Syracuse had good basketball and football programs.

    The ACC has been linked up with quite a few possibilities at this point. Pitt, Syracuse, Texas, Mizzou, and Kansas could all serve either of two purposes: keeping FSU and growing to 14 or 16 teams, or more than offsetting the loss of FSU.

  6. blakebuchanan87 says: Sep 17, 2011 11:32 AM

    To follow-up my comment on the previous story…Crap.

    I need some new tea-leaves, because the ones I’m reading right now aren’t giving me what I want for the future of USF.

  7. lbijake says: Sep 17, 2011 11:35 AM

    It appears as if the ACC wants to remain primarily a basketball conference. Good news for FSU and VT.

  8. georgeanderson2 says: Sep 17, 2011 11:49 AM

    Go get Rutgers and WVU to complete the 16 teams, so we can stop messing with the ACC and start building on the new “tradition” of this 16 team league.

    Hopefully some of the schools being left behind will be smart and proactive to form their own 16 team conference.

  9. thefiesty1 says: Sep 17, 2011 12:05 PM

    Fill it up before Texas tries to take over. Then tell the horns, NO THANKS.

  10. pastabelly says: Sep 17, 2011 4:24 PM

    Rutgers and UConn. WVU doesn’t cut it academically in this conference.

  11. paintan8 says: Sep 17, 2011 6:33 PM

    The Big East screwed itself with it’s 100 team basketball conference. Inviting TCU was the final straw. Beoheim was 100% opposed to Syracuse joining the ACC in 2004 and that carried a LOT of weight with the school President. Now, they can’t get out fast enough. Oh, and no way WVU gets into the ACC or the Big 10. They are going to be stuck playing a cakewalk schedule in the Big East/Conference USA/MAC football merger that is coming.

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