Big East conference members
Syracuse and have sent letters of application to the Atlantic Coast Conference, a high-ranking ACC source said today on condition of anonymity. Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that
will join the ACC and could be announced as a new member as soon as today. The schools’ addition would have to be approved by nine of the 12 ACC presidents. Pittsburgh
According to the ACC source, at least 10 schools have inquired about membership in the ACC.
The news comes amid other recent reports that show the college athletics landscape is shifting dramatically:
- Texas A&M is trying to leave the Big 12 for the SEC but has been slowed by legal challenges.
- The Austin American-Statesman reported that with the Big 12 in danger of dissolving,
is considering whether its best future destination is the Pac-12, ACC or independent status. Texas
- According to the Palm Beach Post,
is forming an exploratory committee to evaluate its future conference options. Florida State
The applications from
Syracuse and , though, appear to demonstrate that the ACC is on solid ground as conferences seem headed toward “superconference” status. The ACC source said ACC presidents recently showed their solidarity by increasing the exit fee for a school leaving the conference to $20 million from about $12 million to $14 million. Pittsburgh