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‘We are committed to the ACC’ Miami says in statement

Shawn Eichorst AP

Two current members of the ACC, Clemson and Florida State, have already stated publicly that they would be willing to listen to overtures from other conferences regarding future affiliation.

Those schools were two of the three mentioned by TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte earlier this week as trying to get into the Big 12, the third of the ACC trio being Miami.  Thanks to the speculation connecting themselves to future expansion of the Big 12, the Hurricanes have been forced to publicly address the situation.

And, at least based on the school’s words — the school’s official Twitter feed sent out a tweet that stated simply “The Miami Hurricanes are Committed to the ACC” — there is no situation as athletic director Shawn Eichorst (pictured) stated in very black-and-white language that The U is “committed to the ACC” and that they “have not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences.”

Here’s the statement in its entirety.  Take it for what it’s worth and with whatever size grain of salt you deem necessary:

We are so fortunate at Miami. Our University, under past and present visionary leadership and with an 87-year history of achievement, is strong in our foundation and in our beliefs. It allows us to stay steady when there are stormy seas, and that core strength holds us together today more than ever.

Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004, the University of Miami has worked hard to measure up to the high academic and athletic standards set by our peers and we could not be more proud than to call the ACC our home. We are confident in our progress and in our accomplishments, yet there is still much work to be done. We are committed to the ACC and to doing our part to continue the tradition of excellence across the board. In that regard, we have not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences.

The additions of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University, as well as the new exclusive television partnership with ESPN, signal the very strength and nationwide appeal of the ACC. Fans will be able to watch more ACC sports and more ACC games in more ways than ever before with the most powerful brand in sports behind us. This is an exciting time to be a part of the ACC and we are honored and humbled to be among its members.

Eichorst’s statement of support for remaining in the ACC echoes that of a board member earlier this week, although, as has been shown in past editions of conference musical chairs, what’s put out there for public consumption is subject to change at any point in time.

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12 Responses to “‘We are committed to the ACC’ Miami says in statement”
  1. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 25, 2012 1:22 PM

    Will Miami be committed to the ACC if Florida State Virginia Tech, Clemson, NC State, Virginia and Maryland all leave? Don’t rule out North Carolina leaving, either.

    What’s funny is that the SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 may not be interested in Miami, and in a year we could be reading a press conference on how pleased The U is to be returning to it’s Big East roots.

    I’m not kidding. IMO the Big East is the most likely landing spot for the Canes.

  2. orthomarine says: May 25, 2012 1:31 PM

    If the ACC unravels, the remains will merge with the Big East….

    While weakened, the Big East “APPEARS” a little more stable than the ACC now

  3. wustlumdnj says: May 25, 2012 1:41 PM

    Nice to see Miami had that old “we’re committed” form letter hanging around from the Big East days

  4. mldean71 says: May 25, 2012 1:44 PM

    Has not Miami learned that all the schools that gave their unwavering stamp of loyalty to a conference all jumped shipped. It would have been best for them not to say anything.

  5. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 25, 2012 1:50 PM

    orthomarine says: While weakened, the Big East “APPEARS” a little more stable than the ACC now

    The Big East IS more stable than the Big East for an odd reason- it doesn’t have any teams the Big 10, Big 12, etc really want.

    That’s not the case with the ACC, and once FSU and Clemson leave for the Big 12 I expect the dominoes to start falling. Virginia Tech and North Carolina State to the SEC, and Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech to the Big 10.

    Then it’s Miami and Boston College to the Big East.

  6. orthomarine says: May 25, 2012 1:52 PM

    @wustlumdnj:

    Ask and ye shall receive-

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1320&dat=19991104&id=Ms0zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Z-wDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4647,852052

  7. 1buckeye76 says: May 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    … until further notice…

  8. thefiesty1 says: May 25, 2012 5:35 PM

    We’re committed this week. Next week, maybe not so much. They should have gotten the death penalty for their latest fiasco. A new start somewhere else might be a good place to start.

  9. wustlumdnj says: May 25, 2012 7:24 PM

    I must say – I’m pretty impressed with that piece of research orthomarine

  10. orthomarine says: May 25, 2012 9:38 PM

    @wust

    Youporn was down and I had few extra minutes in my day

  11. deadeye says: May 26, 2012 12:10 AM

    “In that regard, we have not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences.”

    ===========================

    This statement addresses the “have you had discussions” question, but it ignores the “are you willing to have discussions” question.

    If FSU presses for Miami, they’ll get in. IMO the Hurricanes don’t want to be left on the outside looking in. If they don’t make the jump to the BIG12 now, then they’re toast.

  12. lakesidegator says: May 28, 2012 9:48 AM

    I hope they go to the Big 12, where they will have even more teams that are capable of handing them their @$$es.

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