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Amid conference expansion, Virginia ‘firmly stands behind ACC’

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So, there’s that.

In the midst of the latest round of conference expansionpalooza and I really can’t believe this crap is still going on for a third straight year, Virginia has been mentioned as a possibility to move from the ACC to the Big Ten if/when the conference that triggered Round Three decided to pull the trigger on a move to 16 members.

Whether or not Virginia is or would be a viable candidate for the Big Ten’s eastward march — or southward (Georgia Tech) or westward again (Kansas) depending on the report — across the collegiate landscape, the university felt compelled to issue a statement in the face of the speculation.

Here’s the statement, in its entirety. ┬áDo with it as you wish:

During the past week there have been numerous reports and rumors linking the University of Virginia to interest in membership in other athletic conferences. Due to the recent changes that have taken place with conference realignment around the nation, I think it is important for us to put an end to this speculation as it relates to UVa.

The University of Virginia is a proud member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Neither representatives of the athletics department, nor President Teresa Sullivan, has received invitations to nor sought membership in other conferences. The ACC’s commitment to its members and their student-athletes is the finest in the country. We look forward to continuing this relationship far into the future. Our goal is to continue supporting the ACC and its initiatives for long-term success.

I have expressed this stance to ACC Commissioner John Swofford, and I want to take this opportunity to express that same commitment to our alumni, fans, supporters, student-athletes and coaches. We firmly stand behind the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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13 Responses to “Amid conference expansion, Virginia ‘firmly stands behind ACC’”
  1. doric11 says: Nov 27, 2012 8:41 PM

    The irony is that the ACC started this all. If UVA doesn’t leave, then another team will, and the ACC will be a shell of itself.

  2. charles130 says: Nov 27, 2012 8:55 PM

    ACC is better off with UConn than Maryland.

  3. thegamecocker says: Nov 27, 2012 8:58 PM

    LOL! And this too continues to make the ACC irrelevant in football! As if Virginia was ever a player in collegiate football. LMAO!

  4. deadeye says: Nov 27, 2012 9:04 PM

    UVA provides the proverbial “commitment” to the ACC. This is similar to an NFL owner who “stands behind” his head coach. It’s always just a matter of time before that head coach gets the axe.

    UVA to the BIG10, soon.

  5. 35longmiles says: Nov 27, 2012 9:17 PM

    Vir-WHO???? Is this the same team that handed UM it most embarrassing loss (48-0 Orange Bowl Finale) in the history of the program. I believe it was. Aside from that, who cares what Virginia does. An irrelevant program in an irrelevant conference.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Nov 27, 2012 9:24 PM

    Wishful think on their part. Problem is, no one wants them so their commitment to the ACC proves the decline in that conference. Just like the Big lEast. Irreevalent!

  7. barnesaintnoble says: Nov 27, 2012 9:55 PM

    Obviously UVA is not relevant in football and never really has been, but that doesn’t matter. Past relevance and tradition really doesn’t matter anymore. Look at Oregon, they did it (with a huge help from Nike of course) but they still did it. Virginia has some damn good football talent and let’s see how long VT sticks with Beamer, the longer they keep him the better for UVA.

    I just think UVA has a lot of upside as a football program.

  8. dmcgrann says: Nov 27, 2012 10:29 PM

    If all of you who say that the ACC’s essentially dead in the water are correct, I’m pretty sure that UVA isn’t leaving the ACC unless VT leaves, too. They may not go to the same place, but I foresee some legislative pressure on either one if either school chooses to bolt the ACC for greener pastures without the other also getting a greener pasture. That same legislative pressure is what tipped the scale to get VT in the ACC to begin with. UVA was leaned on hard to lobby for VT, and I’m not so sure at the time that they cared one way or the other. The Commonwealth of Virginia doesn’t give the financial support to either school that they used to, but the General Assembly and the Governor still have a big say in what goes on, make no mistake.

  9. dmcgrann says: Nov 27, 2012 10:38 PM

    barnesaintnoble said: Obviously UVA is not relevant in football and never really has been…

    Back in the day, from the mid-1950’s when schools like Washington & Lee and Randolph-Macon made the choice to go to nonscholarship lower-level football, to the early 1980’s when the whole splitting up of the old University Division into Division 1 (and D1 and 1-A, and so on to FBS and FCS) happened, the sportswriters used to refer to the “Virginia Big Five” and the “Mythical Big Five Championship”. The “Big Five” were Richmond, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech, Virginia and William & Mary. UVA did their ACC thing and didn’t play a lot of the “Big Five” from year to year (didn’t play Richmond for close to 30 years).

    UVA was never even close to “contending” for the “Big Five Title”.

  10. pastabelly says: Nov 27, 2012 11:17 PM

    Maryland left because of the ineptitude of running an athletic program into the ground from a financial standpoint. Goodbye trips south and hello Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. Have fun Twerps.

  11. sssjim7 says: Nov 28, 2012 3:07 AM


    Oh wow… UVA made a public announcement?

    The rumors must be true now…


  12. norcalirish says: Nov 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    Jefferson was the man, but whatever team this is = irrelevant.

  13. thegamecocker says: Nov 28, 2012 9:45 AM


    I note a trend in your posts: the closer a school becomes to the State of Indiana, the more relevant the school! Jefferson was indeed the man! Hope you read “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Follow that up with “Killing Kennedy” by same authors. Good reading and since you’re a ND guy, I know they taught you how to read…..writing, not so much. But I do enjoy short, pithy, to the point thoughts albeit without substantiation.

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