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ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

Posted on: September 18, 2011 8:15 am
Edited on: September 18, 2011 10:54 am
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents unanimously voted to accept Pittsburgh and Syracuse as new members Sunday, the league announced. The invitation followed the submission of letters of application from both universities.

“The ACC is a strong united conference that is only going to get better with the addition of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University,” said Duke President Richard Broadhead, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents.  “Both schools are committed to competing at the highest level of academics and athletics.  We welcome them as full partners in the ACC.”

On Saturday morning, CBSSports.com first reported that Pitt and Syracuse had submitted letters of application to the ACC. Commissioner John Swofford said the league would respect the Big East's withdrawal by-laws, which requires 27 months notice. However, it's doubtful the Big East would want Pitt and Syracuse to remain in the league over that period because it would seek to immediately add additional members to survive.

“The ACC has enjoyed a rich tradition by balancing academics and athletics and the addition of Pitt and Syracuse further strengthens the ACC culture in this regard,” Swofford said. “Pittsburgh and Syracuse also serve to enhance the ACC’s reach into the states of New York and Pennsylvania and geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts. With the addition of Pitt and Syracuse, the ACC will cover virtually the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States.”

It also could serve as a devastating blow to the Big East Conference. Syracuse was a founding member and Pittsburgh has been a member since 1982. The Big East was stunned by the news and didn't learn that either school had submitted a letter of application to the ACC until Saturday.

“This is an exciting day for the University of Pittsburgh. We have a long history of competing and collaborating with the distinguished universities that already are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and have enormous respect for both their academic strengths and their athletic accomplishments,” Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said. “In looking to our own future, we could not envision a better conference home for Pitt and are grateful to the Council of Presidents for extending an invitation to join the ACC community.”

Pittsburgh desire to leave the Big East was "common knowledge," several Big East sources told CBSSports.com. Nordenberg has served as chairman of the Big East's executive committee of presidents and "put the brakes" on the Big East accepting a $1.3 million media rights deal from ESPN in the spring.

“This is a very significant day for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff at the University of Pittsburgh,” Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. “The strength and quality of the ACC is highly regarded by everyone at Pitt. When we set high expectations for our student-athletes in their academic, athletic and personal goals, it is important to provide every opportunity and resource to enable that success. Joining the ACC and the outstanding institutions in this conference will give every Pitt student-athlete the chance to achieve their highest aspirations."

The addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse will speed up the race to 16-team superconferences. So what will happen next? Here's one viewpoint on what lies ahead for the ACC and Big East along with the other four automatic qualifying BCS leagues and Notre Dame.

"We are very excited to be joining the ACC," Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for Syracuse, and with its outstanding academic quality and athletic excellence, the ACC is a perfect fit for us. The ACC is home to excellent national research universities with very strong academic quality, and is a group that Syracuse will contribute to significantly and benefit from considerably.

"As a comprehensive, all-sports conference, the ACC provides Syracuse tremendous opportunities for quality competition and growth in all sports, while also renewing some of our historic rivalries. This move will also bolster our continued efforts to look outward, engage, and extend Syracuse’s reach to key areas of the country, including the southeast, as we grow and expand our national connections to alumni, partners and the students of the future. We are pleased that Syracuse adds a New York City dimension to the ACC, a region in which we have built strong identity and affinity, and we look forward to bringing ACC games to the Big Apple.  Overall, for Syracuse, this opportunity provides long-term conference stability in what is an uncertain, evolving, and rapidly shifting national landscape."

The league did not announce when Syracuse and Pittsburgh would join the conference. The Big East requires 27 months notice to leave the conference, although it's doubtful that would be enforced, sources said, since the Big East would want to replace both schools as quickly as possible. Big East schools must pay $5 million to leave. Last week, the ACC unanimously increased its withdrawal fee to $20 million, in a move of solidarity.

"Today is a day that we will remember for years to come," Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross said. "We are truly excited that academically and athletically we will be a member of the ACC, one of the nation's premier collegiate athletic conferences. As New York's College Team, we plan to compete at the highest level across all of our sports and help to enhance this great conference."

Gross is absolutely right: today is the day that the entire college football conference landscape will remember as the day it changed forever.
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Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:44 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

big deal....The ACC adds one mediocre and one bad team.....pretty much par for the ACC



Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:43 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

I agree the NCAA is not good for college sports, it seems they let conferences have more power than the NCAA! That's like the NFL giving the AFC or the AFC North(division) more power than the NFL! You would have thought the NCAA would have said we will realign all 120 of the FBS schools by regions. But I will watch it until they come up with a better system.
It doesn't seem that way, it IS that way. Ever since Georgia and Oklahoma successfully sued the NCAA over control of football television rights in the 80's, the NCAA started to lose more and more control over the business end of college football. Today, the NCAA is little more than a bystander in this process.


Haha, TCU jumps ship to go to the Big East only to watch it collapse, I think the Horned Frogs are getting the short end on this one.
This could be interesting. I wouldn't be surprised if TCU decides to cancel the Big East move and stay in the Mountain West, or go to the Big 12 if it survives.

The best scuttlebutt I've heard (read) is that Notre Dame and Texas could join the Big 10 and keep some semblence of their TV deals with NBC and the LHN. In addition, the league will scale back their conference games from 9 to 8 that is proposed to be increased in the next year or so. That would allow ND and UT to keep certain rivalries like USC, Navy, Army for ND, and UT with Oklahoma. It would be a good fit for all sports within the schools. If the Big 10 goes Mega, Missouri is a stong candidate (but they have been refused by the Big 10 before) and another school ?? - I'll just throw out Marland only because of the DC market but you still would have that buyout problem. They would have the NY market with Notre Dame but Rutgers is still a possibility.
My first reaction is that I can't see the Big Ten allowing Notre Dame and Texas to keep their TV deals, but the way things are going, who knows?







Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:40 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

99' RAMS, I understand your frustration but your conference, The Big 12, started all this last year.  Running from Texas, Nebraska left for the Big Ten, Colorado went to the PAC and didn't your team, Missouri, try to go to the Big Ten last year too?  This year Texas A&M set off round two by pulling out for the SEC and everyone knows Oklahoma and likely Oklahoma State are PAC bound.  Were just waiting for official word.  The ACC has been force to be proactive in self defense.  They didn't start this thing.  The Big 12 has already been raided by the PAC and SEC with more raiding by the PAC to come.  The Big East was certain to be raided by someone too.  That's why they tried to be proactive by inviting most of the Big 12 themselves.  



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:39 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

I am not a fan of all this conference swaping but having said that....less conferences is a step toward a true playoff system.



Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:27 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

So now what's going to happen to Kansas? That's the only thing I care about.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:26 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

That'd be a nice big blow to the poorly managed Big East. If the Big East were managed better.. than programs like Syracuse and Pitt wouldn't want to jump ship.
Pitt's Chancellor Mark Nordenberg chairman of the Big East Executive Committee and Syracuse a founding school. Guess they only have to blame themslevesm huh?



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:55 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

Hoodoo operator, you have one thing right,"it's anarchy". From reading your comments it appears that this is like making a cake. All you do is add this ingredient with that and, Shazam!, you have a super conference. First off, the big East has many basketball only schools which I'm sure will change the results of your "cake". Although these changes are football driven, consideration must and will be give to those schools. Texas will not give up their TV deal - too much $$$$$$. The SEC will likely go after Missouri, WVA, or Florida St. to even out their conference to 14. With the new ACC buyout it might make it too costly for Florida St. You also have to have Florida to agree. If they decide to go to 16 - that's anybody's guess.

The best scuttlebutt I've heard (read) is that Notre Dame and Texas could join the Big 10 and keep some semblence of their TV deals with NBC and the LHN. In addition, the league will scale back their conference games from 9 to 8 that is proposed to be increased in the next year or so. That would allow ND and UT to keep certain rivalries like USC, Navy, Army for ND, and UT with Oklahoma. It would be a good fit for all sports within the schools. If the Big 10 goes Mega, Missouri is a stong candidate (but they have been refused by the Big 10 before) and another school ?? - I'll just throw out Marland only because of the DC market but you still would have that buyout problem. They would have the NY market with Notre Dame but Rutgers is still a possibility.

I think the ACC is pretty solid now. Big 12 and Big East has a problem. Kansas and Kansas St, both good BB schools - maybe Big East?

Right now the only thing for certain is Pitt and Syracuse will be ACC in 27 months or sooner.

Texas A&M almost certain SEC next year.

Okalhoma and Oklahoma St. nearly almost certain PAC 12 next year.

The rest is fun to speculate but I guess we'll all have to wait for the News at 11:00.


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Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:48 pm
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Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:35 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

So starts the domino rally.



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

ACC officially adds Pitt, Syracuse

"The Big East requires 27 month notice before leaving"
Who is going to enforce this rule?  Oh that's right, nobody. Syracuse and Pitt can leave when they want, and the Big East can't do anything about it. What's the Big East gonna do about it if we leave earlier? It's not like we're going to be playing in that joke of a conference anymore. 


The Big East can continue to have their severely unbalanced conference with more basketball-only schools than schools that have both football and basketball programs, and where the majority of the schools don't even own their own facilites. 


As a fan, I was also sick and tired of watching the conference being bullied. All the other BCS conferences took our good teams and great coaches away from the Big East. 


I'm glad Pitt and Syracuse are now in the ACC. Hopefully Connecticut will jump ship and join the ACC as well, along with West Virginia. That way Syracuse and Connecticut can keep their rivalry going with the 'Cuse/WVU football rivalry, as well as the ACC also having WVU/UV and VT all in the same conference.


That'd be a nice big blow to the poorly managed Big East. If the Big East were managed better.. than programs like Syracuse and Pitt wouldn't want to jump ship.  


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