Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Louisville Seventh Big East Team To Jump To ACC

Geography, shmeeography, nothing says Atlantic Coast like central Kentucky!

ESPN: Louisville will officially join the Atlantic Coast Conference, becoming the seventh former Big East school to leave for the ACC.

The ACC's presidents and chancellors voted Wednesday morning to add the Cardinals in place of Maryland, which will leave for the Big Ten in 2014.

Louisville also is expected to join the ACC in 2014 and will become the league's sixth football member formerly associated with the Big East. The Cardinals will be required to pay the Big East a $10 million exit fee and give 27 months' notice. But Louisville -- like several other exiting schools -- should be able to negotiate a higher buyout to leave before the 27-month period.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said Louisville was the best fit for the league following Maryland's announcement last week that it would join the Big Ten.

"When you look at Louisville, you see a university and an athletic program that has all the arrows pointed up -- a tremendous uptick there, tremendous energy," Swofford said on a teleconference. "It's always an overall fit in every respect and I think that's what we found."

Swofford also said the league is comfortable staying at 14 full members with the addition of Louisville.

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