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Statements on Louisville’s move to the ACC

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And now it’s officially official.

Following up on reports that first surfaced Tuesday night, the ACC announced Wednesday morning that the conference’s “Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member.”  The release made sure to note that the move came after the school submitted a letter of application.

As expected, there was no mention of when Louisville would officially join the ACC.  While Big East bylaws state that a 27-month waiting period is required, it’s highly likely the UofL will join in 2014, the same year Maryland bolts for the Big Ten.

Below are some of the statements from the involved parties regarding the somewhat surprising development:

North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents
“The University of Louisville will be a terrific member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. We welcome them as full partners into the ACC.”

ACC commissioner John Swofford
“With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago. The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.”

Louisville president Dr. James Ramsey
“The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics. The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams.”

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich
“When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference. Under John Swofford’s leadership, the ACC continues to prosper.  We sincerely appreciate this opportunity.  This will open so many more doors for us both athletically for all of our sports programs, and academically for our university.  What I really like about this move is it’s terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone.  This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity.  It’s amazing what has happened here over the last 15 years.  We appreciate so much what the Big East conference has meant to us.”

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10 Responses to “Statements on Louisville’s move to the ACC”
  1. pastabelly says: Nov 28, 2012 11:30 AM

    They cannot be too happy at Storrs right now. But the ACC football schools were placated. Rick Pitino brings his element of sleaze to the ACC.

  2. cubano76 says: Nov 28, 2012 11:39 AM

    UConn is headed right for mid-major status. Sad day in Huskyland I guess.

  3. nickp91 says: Nov 28, 2012 11:42 AM

    Louisville to the ACC? Stop this expansion madness!

  4. drummerhoff says: Nov 28, 2012 11:47 AM

    UConn will be taken care of … after the next round of “free agency” expansion … because there will be more rounds of conference expansion.

    The music stop. It hasn’t stopped for the long-term.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 28, 2012 12:11 PM

    Well that should seal the deal on Charlie Strong to the SEC. He’s got to get his contract now, probably at Arkansas, before he is exposed for the fraud that he is when Miami, Va Tech, Carolina, Syracuse, Pitt, and FSU stomp a mudhole in him.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Nov 28, 2012 1:24 PM

    The Louisville AD kind of got a dig in with the comment about staying in the Eastern Time Zone. I guess they didn’t want to play Boise, SDSU and the Conf USA rejects.

  7. lbijake says: Nov 28, 2012 1:46 PM

    Finally, a move driven by academics.

  8. dgbk says: Nov 28, 2012 1:57 PM

    @ husker

    such anger. if he is a fraud wouldnt goin to the sec expose that? I’m not sure his teams beatin pitt ,cuse and miami will expose anything. you listed those teams like they are arent avg. other then fsu and clemson everyone in the acc is on an even playin field.

  9. floridacock says: Nov 28, 2012 5:58 PM

    Great news for Louisville and the ACC. Big athletic improvement over the current Maryland teams. They will probably compete in football right away and may dominate basketball. Look forward to the twice a year meetings between them and Duke, UNC in BB.

  10. dmcgrann says: Nov 28, 2012 7:46 PM

    floridacock said: “…Look forward to the twice a year meetings between them and Duke, UNC in BB.”


    Not necessarily. If Louisville steps directly into Maryland’s shoes, the only teams they’ll definitely play home-and-away with every year would be UVA and Pitt. No ACC team is guaranteed a home-and-away with UNC and Duke every year.

    Apparently that was a big bone of contention with Maryland. With ACC expansion, they weren’t going to get home games with UNC and Duke every year, and guaranteeing home games with Pitt and UVA didn’t make up for losing those games.

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