DONE DEAL: ACC To Add Pittsburgh & Syracuse

Pittsburgh and Syracuse are headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ACC announced Sunday that its council of presidents unanimously voted to accept the two schools from the Big East. The move increases the ACC's membership to 14 and sends the Big East scrambling to replace two of its cornerstone programs.

Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said in a release that the school's leadership "could not envision a better conference home for Pitt."

The ACC says it extended invitations after the schools submitted letters of application to join the league. It is unclear when the move will take effect. The Big East's exit fee is $5 million, and schools wanting to leave must provide 27 months' notice.

The ACC scheduled a 9:30 a.m. ET teleconference with the media.

Commissioner John Swofford said the expansion "geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts."

Syracuse Chancellor Nancy Cantor called the ACC "a perfect fit" for a program that was one of the founding members of the Big East.

"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," Cantor said. "Overall, for Syracuse, this opportunity provides long-term conference stability in what is an uncertain, evolving, and rapidly shifting national landscape."

The announcement caps a turbulent week of reshuffling for the ACC and likely will lead to another dramatic shift in college athletics. Texas A&M already has announced its intention to join the Southeastern Conference, leaving the future of the Big 12 in doubt. And the board of regents at Oklahoma and Texas are meeting Monday to discuss the possibility of the universities leaving that conference.

Saying the league was excited about adding to its "northern tier," Florida State President Eric Barron confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that the ACC received application letters from Pitt and Syracuse.

He said 11 of 12 league presidents attended a meeting in Greensboro, N.C., last Tuesday, with the other participating by phone. During the meeting, they unanimously approved raising the exit fee to $20 million - up from $12 million to $14 million - for any member leaving the conference, a maneuver seemingly designed to keep the remaining ACC schools in the fold.

The latest moves are sure to create even more bad blood between two conferences that became embroiled in a nasty lawsuit the last time the ACC expanded by adding schools from the Big East. A multibillion dollar settlement reached in 2005 included the scheduling of nine interconference football games.

Pitt and Syracuse bring the number of programs making the Big East-to-ACC jump in the past decade to five, and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said the most recent moves were "kind of a shock to everybody."

Syracuse was one of the original targets of a previous round of expansion by the ACC along with Miami and Boston College in 2003. The ACC ultimately added the Hurricanes and Virginia Tech for the 2004 season and brought in BC for the following season as its 12th member.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    I'd rather ECU go to the SEC than anywhere else.
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      by Dave on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to Sam
      Keep dreaming Samuel.
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      by Cornholio on Sep 20, 2011 at 06:35 PM in reply to Sam
      Sam, the SEC would never add a small profile, lower Bowl Championship Division school like ECU. In fact I laughed so hard I passed out and had to wake up to finish typing thi..... s response. Ohh passsed out from laughing again.... With all the Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, West Virginia, South Florida, Central Florida, Louisville, etc type schools out there to fill 3 spots.... are you serious???????? Mt Olive and Elizabeth City State have as good a shot at membership in the SEC or ACC as ECU does.... NONE AT ALL SAM!!!!!
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        by JDLadd on Sep 21, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to Cornholio
        Post of the year right there! AWESOME!!!
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        by Sam on Sep 22, 2011 at 06:56 AM in reply to Cornholio
        Cornholio, you are the joke of all of Martin County boy. Keep living that jealousy of Williamston High School cause you will never be as good as us graduates of Williamston High School, you Parmele boy.
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        by Sam on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:03 AM in reply to Cornholio
        ECU has a better chance at the SEC than Central Florida and South Florida, who Florida wont take. Big 12 will stay as it is. Keep on drinking that hatereade on ECU and on Williamston High School with all your jealousy little Parmele boy. Keep on while I laugh at your ignorant rants, adding on Mount Olive and Elizabeth City.
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          by Bill on Sep 25, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to Sam
          hahahahaha ecu would finish last in the sec EVERY year!!!!! NOT gonna happen!!!!
  • by Kay Location: Emerald Isle on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    What the ACC continues doing is low and cheap. There is no way I would cheer for any ACC team. In addition, I truly think they are a 3rd or 4th rate conference. Pitt fans do not "travel" to bowl games even when they are invited. They are not like ECU fans who are there in large numbers - always. Sadly, ECU needs to also build a strong basketball program to be competitive. Unfortunately, the likes of NC State and UNC still look down their elite noses at ECU when they should be taking care of "their own" instate school. I've no respect for either school.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:25 PM in reply to Kay
      As a ECU fan it is not about STATE and UNC looking down on us its all about the money and we bring nothing to the ACC as far as revenue goes. Of course we can play with the ACC teams but that is not the point here. There's already 4 nc teams why would they add another one?? That will never happen, and now you just started a computer war ahhh thanks.
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      by Sam on Sep 19, 2011 at 01:52 PM in reply to Kay
      Those two schools are the worst sets of fan bases in the United States and are full of scumbags.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Sep 19, 2011 at 09:47 AM
    ecu in the "sec" is the funniest thing i have ever heard. that will never happen. ecu doesnt bring anything to the table. they have a decent football team once out of every five years and thats it.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:11 PM in reply to
      We bring in a team from NC. SEC is not looking for another powerhouse team, they already have enough. All they want to do is spread there tv viewings and market, thus making ECU and West Virginia a very good pickup. Keep your fingers crossed ECU fans could be an interesting couple of weeks ahead!!!
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        by Cornholio on Sep 21, 2011 at 03:56 PM in reply to
        You ECU fans can cross your fingers, cross your toes, cross your legs and cross your arms and ECU to the SEC will still be a BIG JOKE to us who know at least a little about the world of college athletics. The only thing you have crossed is your eyes because you sure aren't seeing straight.
  • by JD on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    This is very bad for ECU. Its going to mean poor recruiting, bad or no TV deals and schedule night mare. Terry Holland will not last 12 months. He is done. He doesn't have to connections to make deals we need to keep our programs up and running. This a very sad time for ECU sports. I see this as a 20 year set back. Its all about money and right now ECU just can't bring it to the table. Should be some cheap seats soon.
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      by Bud on Sep 19, 2011 at 11:04 AM in reply to JD
      Uhh last I checked ECU just built a 7K addition to the football stadium and are booked to add another couple thousand in a few years, thanks to the efforts of many people, Terry Holland especially. Last I checked ECU is playing marquee programs like Virginia Tech and South Carolina and not little sissy D-II teams, thanks to Terry Holland. ECU with Terry Holland - 2 conference championships. Before Terry Holland - zero. JD, clearly you are not a real Pirate fan because anybody with a brain knows ECU will never get in the ACC as there are already 4 NC teams in the ACC, and UNC would never ever allow ECU in. ECU isn't consistent enough in the big sports to merit an offer from the SEC where they want instant championship contenders, and the Big East is about to lose it's BCS status so it's probably moot to go there. Maybe ECU can go to the Big XII since they have no sense of geography! Or what about the Mountain West or Pac 3,498 (formerly Pac-10/12/43/981)? Before long everybody will be in the Pac whatever conference anyway evidently. Ultimately we can blame the Big East for starting this whole problem when they allowed all those schools in as basketball teams a few years back, and now look where we are.
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        by odd ball on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM in reply to Bud
        Bud: 2016 new press box and upper deck bringing seating to 60,000 .
  • by sad day Location: enc on Sep 18, 2011 at 06:30 PM
    for me, this is a sad day for the ACC
  • by Jim Location: enc on Sep 18, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    If the Big East agreed to let ECU join their league now, I'm not so sure it would benefit ECU to join, since their league is going to collapse in the near future. I surely don't think we should accept a football only membership in the Big East as some of the officials have indicated they were willing to accept.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Sep 18, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    I don't like the thought of these mega conferences. Too many teams. The conferences lose their character and individuality.
  • by Petey Pirate on Sep 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    If i've told you simpletons once , I've told you a thousand times. FIRE TERRY HOLLAND! You idiots just dont get it. He brings nothing to the program. He's never done anything anywhere and done even less at ECU. You shoulda been in a position at this point to be ACC worthy, but your not even close. In fact the programs is going backwards.
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      by G on Sep 18, 2011 at 02:53 PM in reply to Petey Pirate
      We are never getting into the ACC. The other NC schools don't want us competing for recruits, and the non-NC schools don't want any more NC schools. Face it, we really don't bring anything to the table, ACC wise (they already have the TV here.)
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        by Earl on Sep 19, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to G
        You are correct. This is about media markets and revenue (which is driven by media markets). It's not an insult to ECU, it is just a result of revenue driving the ship. There is no AD that will be able to change that for ECU.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:33 AM in reply to Petey Pirate
      what does coach holland have to do with the acc expanding? nothing! your comment is bogus
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      by Sam on Sep 22, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to Petey Pirate
      There is no such person as Petey Pirate so STOP CLAIMING TO BE. OKAY? Also, Terry Holland has been nothing short of phenominal for our alma mater. The best there ever was!
  • by Started With BC on Sep 18, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    We should have never allowed Boston College in the ACC. Now all the Yankees want to move in!
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      by DS1 on Sep 19, 2011 at 09:55 AM in reply to Started With BC
      Yankees are keeping the south smart.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to Started With BC
      W/ the exception of Duke and those people in Chapel Hill the ACC lost all credibility in round ball. This will help restore the ACC to its former greatness. I support the move whole heartedly.
  • by T Location: Washington on Sep 18, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Die hard Pirate fan as they come. However JC, I dont think the SEC is the right conf. for now. Maybe in 3-4 years, that could be a possibility, just not know. Go Pirates!!!
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