Clemson Quotes on Miami and Virginia Tech Joining the ACC
Clemson Head Basketball Coach Oliver Purnell
"From an overall conference standpoint, this is a positive.
From a basketball standpoint we have added two schools who have the
ability to be excellent. Miami and Virginia Tech have not been as
successful in men's basketball as they have in football in recent
years, but they have been historically outstanding and competitive
programs. Miami won the Big East recently and Virginia Tech has had
some outstanding teams also, especially under former Clemson Coach
Bill Foster. Joining the ACC will certainly help those programs
Clemson Womens' Basketball Coach Jim Davis
"We have added two outstanding women's basketball programs to
our already very competitive league. We have played both Miami and
Virginia Tech in recent years and they have had outstanding teams.
We played Miami in the NCAA Tournament and met Virginia Tech in the
regular season. They have very solid programs with outstanding
coaches. We look forward to competing with Miami and Virginia Tech
on the basketball court. The addition of Miami might also help us
in recruiting efforts in South Florida."
Clemson Sophomore Cornerback Justin Miller
"I look at it as a great opportunity to make us better.
When you play quality competition it makes you better. Virginia
Tech and Miami are obviously among the best programs in the nation.
All players like to compete against the best teams in the nation as
often as possible. I am looking forward to playing those schools."
Clemson Head Baseball Coach Jack Leggett
"This makes us a Super Conference in baseball. We were
already one of the top baseball leagues in the nation. It will be
very competitive. I hope we will play every other team in the
league each year, giving us 30 conference games instead of 24. It
will be a great challenge every weekend. Everyone knows how
successful Miami's program has been winning National championships in
recent years. But, Virginia Tech has an excellent program as well.
That is a difficult place to play."