ACC to Begin Formal Discussions with BC, Miami and Syracuse

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson University President James F.
Barker, chair of the Council of Presidents, announced today that the
Atlantic Coast Conference, having voted to expand to 12 schools, will
enter formal discussions with Boston College, University of Miami and
Syracuse University regarding their potential membership in the
Conference. Formal action on the admission of new members is
pending, based on Conference by-law requirements, which include
visits to the three campuses and discussions with each school's

"Over the past 18 months, our Conference has been involved in
an intense and thorough strategic planning evaluation on the
long-term direction of the ACC," said Barker. "The priorities of
this evaluation have been academic compatibility, commitment to
student-athlete welfare, long-term financial stability and national
athletic excellence.

"Today, our member institutions reached agreement to begin
formal discussions with Boston College, the University of Miami and
Syracuse University to join the Atlantic Coast Conference. These
three institutions represent and share the values for which the ACC
has long been known."

Further action on expansion will follow on-site visits and
discussions with these institutions in accordance with the ACC
by-laws. A proposal submitted by the University of Virginia to
include Virginia Tech in the expansion to 12 schools fell short of
the necessary votes.

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