Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ACC Leaders Discuss Expansion

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AP - The Atlantic Coast Conference's presidents and chancellors have scheduled a conference call for Wednesday morning to discuss plans about replacing Maryland, a person familiar with the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press early Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the ACC has not publicly discussed future expansion plans.

Maryland announced last week it would join the Big Ten in 2014. If the ACC chooses to replace the Terrapins, Big East schools Louisville and Connecticut are considered the front-runners to fill that vacancy.

The plans for the conference call were first reported late Tuesday night by ACCSports.com.

This latest rapid-fire round of realignment was set off last week by the Big Ten's additions of Maryland and Rutgers, which is leaving the Big East to also join the Big Ten in 2014.

On Tuesday, the Big East added Tulane for all sports and East Carolina for football only, also beginning that year.

Adding one more school would bring the ACC to an even 14 full members for the 2014 season, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse beginning conference play in 2013.

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