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Hey, More Conference Realignment: Louisville to the ACC

By November 28, 2012

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Another day, another shift in the college football landscape.

One week after the University of Maryland bolted for the Big Ten, the ACC moved on Wednesday to fill the spot that the Terps left behind. And it was Louisville--not one-time favorite UConn--who won it.

According to various reports, ACC presidents voted unanimously on Wednesday morning to extend an invite to the Cardinals, who will become just the latest school to bolt the floundering Big East, which saw Rutgers jump to the Big Ten last week. It is widely expected that the Cardinals will join the ACC starting with the 2014 season.

UConn apparently was considered for membership, as was Cincinnati, but in the end, ACC officials opted to invite only Louisville, which carries a higher football profile than either of those schools (and as we now know, football drives the bus when it comes to college athletics). But both the Huskies and Bearcats could get invites later, depending on what happens with expansion elsewhere. For instance, there are some who believe that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany could add two more schools from the ACC, with North Carolina rumored to be his preferred target.

Much remains unknown about how this will all shake out, but one thing is clear: This isn't over yet.

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November 29, 2012 at 2:30 am
(1) David Shiel says:

Boise state has to take a long hard look at the current plans.

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