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ACC: speculation of schools in negotiations with other leagues ‘totally false’

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Maryland’s decision to bolt from the ACC to the Big Ten last month opened up more realignment rumors. Among those in the middle of the conjecture were Georgia Tech and Virginia. GT has already denied talk that the Yellow Jackets would also move to the Big Ten, and on Thursday, the entire ACC’s Council of Presidents issued a statement denying any rumors of more departures.

Here is the statement in its entirety. As with most things related to realignment, take it for what it’s worth and believe whatever you want to believe.

“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”

Maryland is currently suing the ACC in an attempt to get out of paying the $50 million-plus exit fee the conference agreed to earlier this year (with the exceptions of Maryland and Florida State, of course). The ACC has already replaced the Terps with Louisville as the 14th member.

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16 Responses to “ACC: speculation of schools in negotiations with other leagues ‘totally false’”
  1. deadeye says: Dec 6, 2012 3:00 PM

    Sorry ACC, we know better.

    GT, UVA, FSU, and Clemson (among others) will all be in new conferences by the begining of the 2014 season.

  2. catfanatic1979v1 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:43 PM

    Once alot of pieces move, the Big East will have been picked apart big time. CUSA might have to accept some schools back.lol

  3. drummerhoff says: Dec 6, 2012 3:47 PM

    I can’t believe they felt the need to issue a statement… I am reminded of the Iraq spokesperson claiming the capital was not overrun while it was happening behind him on camera.

  4. chc4 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:54 PM

    Why would any conference want GT? They have no fans, no following and suck in all major sports. I get that it’s the Atlanta market but no one even bothers to show up to their stadium let alone watch em on TV. May as well go after Duke… at least they play one sport well.

  5. deadeye says: Dec 6, 2012 4:10 PM

    “I can’t believe they felt the need to issue a statement… I am reminded of the Iraq spokesperson claiming the capital was not overrun while it was happening behind him on camera.”

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    Hahah, great comparison drummerhoff!

    Seriously, if they are committed to a stable ACC, then just sign a Grant Of Rights.

  6. blitz4848 says: Dec 6, 2012 4:14 PM

    A = Awful

    C = Crummy

    C = Conference

  7. giablommi says: Dec 6, 2012 4:23 PM

    As a long-time fan of Big East (R.I.P.) basketball, there’s not really much left for me to do except enthusiastically cheer on the demise of the conference that started this mess, and the despicable orchestrator of it all, John Swofford (and by proxy ESPN).

    Don’t even really care what that means for the remains of the BE— SEC, B1G, Big XII, please get to work and rip the ACC to shreds, make that a$$ hole Swofford get a taste of his own medicine until he is held in the same rock bottom esteem as John Marinatto.

  8. dhlions says: Dec 6, 2012 4:28 PM

    I would laugh my face off if the ACC dissolves this soon after ND “joins” that division.

  9. 35longmiles says: Dec 6, 2012 6:13 PM

    All the statement does is fan the flames. Totally stupid move.

  10. jimbo75025 says: Dec 6, 2012 6:34 PM

    chc4 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 3:54 PM
    Why would any conference want GT? They have no fans, no following and suck in all major sports. I get that it’s the Atlanta market but no one even bothers to show up to their stadium let alone watch em on TV. May as well go after Duke… at least they play one sport well.
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    You do not get out much do you? GT turns out highly sought after engineers who have disposable income and alumni chapters throughout the US-some of the key demographics of potential advertisers on existing or potential conference networks. Thinking that this entire conference realignment mess is based on the (recent) success or lack thereof on the field by any particular school shows a lack of understanding of economic fundamentals.

  11. frug says: Dec 6, 2012 6:37 PM

    If they were actually committed they would sign a Grant of Rights.

  12. getyourownname says: Dec 6, 2012 6:53 PM

    “Maryland is currently suing the ACC in an attempt to get out of paying the $50 million-plus exit fee the conference agreed to earlier this year (with the exceptions of Maryland and Florida State, of course). ”
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    No, as the article you link to clearly states in the headline, the ACC is suing Maryland to enforce the fee. There is a difference.

  13. thegamecocker says: Dec 6, 2012 8:25 PM

    @giablommi

    Agree 100%! The North Carolina power structure is lead by the “talking head”, John Swofford. As you probably know, he is a former Tarheel BB player under Dean Smith. He is lead by Coach K and Roy Williams. This power base has always been in NC and always will be. I would love for the football schools (FSU, GT, Va Tech, & Clemson) to bolt for another conference. They could go to the Big 12 but other than Va Tech, I doubt any will be in the SEC! And you know that is where Clemson and FSU wish to be. But getting back to Swofford, the $50MM fee is outrageous and I doubt it will stand-up in court. But, that is EXACTLY what Coach K and Roy Williams want. The ACC has failed as a 50/50 partner with football. It is and always will be a 75% basketball conference on Tobacco Road. If UVa and and Ga Tech are concerned, they will be much better in the Big Ten. FSU messed up by not joinging the SEC when they were invited in 1991. This left the door open for THE University of South Carolina Fighting Gamecocks! Now SC is financially set and growing academically and athletically. The Seminoles are in poor financial health and reeling. Clemson is in the Upstate “Jackin Jimmy” as the expression goes!

  14. dmcgrann says: Dec 6, 2012 10:43 PM

    @getyourownname, I believe you are 100% correct. Maryland has not sued the ACC, or even filed an answer to the ACC’s suit. From what I’ve been led to understand, they may not have to file their own suit. North Carolina law would seem to vastly favor Maryland’s position. Sure, they’ll pay something, but not $50MM.

  15. desal2ds says: Dec 7, 2012 2:47 PM

    Maryland and Rutgers are doormats. Now GT and Virginia? B1G what the hell are you doing to the league? Go after Kansas and KState geographically and competitively they make sense. Should have grabbed Mizzou why you had the chance. Delaney you blew it.

  16. thegamecocker says: Dec 7, 2012 10:01 PM

    @desal2ds

    Rutgers will not be a doormat in thr B1G. RU has a better football program than Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, and as good as Northwestern & Mich St. RU has played these schools since 2000 and have been very competitive. I agree that Mizzou would have been a fine addition but I’m happy they are in the SEC!

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