ACC extends formal invitation to Pitt and Syracuse


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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University as new members. The invitation followed the submission of letters of application from both universities.

“The ACC is a strong united conference that is only going to get better with the addition of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University,” said Duke University President Richard Broadhead, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. “Both schools are committed to competing at the highest level of academics and athletics. We welcome them as full partners in the ACC.”

“The ACC has enjoyed a rich tradition by balancing academics and athletics and the addition of Pitt and Syracuse further strengthens the ACC culture in this regard,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. “Pittsburgh and Syracuse also serve to enhance the ACC’s reach into the states of New York and Pennsylvania and geographically bridges our footprint between Maryland and Massachusetts. With the addition of Pitt and Syracuse, the ACC will cover virtually the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States.”

“This is an exciting day for the University of Pittsburgh. We have a long history of competing and collaborating with the distinguished universities that already are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and have enormous respect for both their academic strengths and their athletic accomplishments,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “In looking to our own future, we could not envision a better conference home for Pitt and are grateful to the Council of Presidents for extending an invitation to join the ACC community.”



"We are very excited to be joining the ACC. This is a tremendous opportunity for Syracuse, and with its outstanding academic quality and athletic excellence, the ACC is a perfect fit for us," said Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University. "The ACC is home to excellent national research universities with very strong academic quality, and is a group that Syracuse will contribute to significantly and benefit from considerably. As a comprehensive, all-sports conference, the ACC provides Syracuse tremendous opportunities for quality competition and growth in all sports, while also renewing some of our historic rivalries. This move will also bolster our continued efforts to look outward, engage, and extend Syracuse’s reach to key areas of the country, including the southeast, as we grow and expand our national connections to alumni, partners and the students of the future. 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. Overall, for Syracuse, this opportunity provides long-term conference stability in what is an uncertain, evolving, and rapidly shifting national landscape."

“This is a very significant day for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Steve Pederson, University of Pittsburgh Director of Athletics. “The strength and quality of the ACC is highly regarded by everyone at Pitt. When we set high expectations for our student-athletes in their academic, athletic and personal goals, it is important to provide every opportunity and resource to enable that success. Joining the ACC and the outstanding institutions in this conference will give every Pitt student-athlete the chance to achieve their highest aspirations.”

Daryl Gross, Syracuse University Director of Athletics said, "Today is a day that we will remember for years to come. We are truly excited that academically and athletically we will be a member of the ACC, one of the nation's premier collegiate athletic conferences. As New York's College Team, we plan to compete at the highest level across all of our sports and help to enhance this great conference."

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Crump®
spacer Terrible move for ACC fooball
AllTimeClemson
spacer The ACC has basically positioned itself so it will not be
Amater®
spacer Wow, imagine that. A business protecting its own interests.
strodetiger®
spacer Re: Terrible move for ACC fooball
hangtime033
spacer Re: Terrible move for ACC fooball
Rickrolled
spacer Basketball runs this conference, not football unfortunately.
WhoDatTiger®
spacer Pit has a pretty good history in football and a heck of a HC
Tigers2388
spacer Re: Pit has a pretty good history in football and a heck of a HC
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Excellent move for ACC as a Conference
Fluxus
spacer Pt for Sun Tzu ref***
cu85tiger®
spacer Re: Excellent move for ACC as a Conference
wbenham
spacer I agree. This is a good move for the ACC. To say
strodetiger®
spacer This was a great move. The ACC is now a contiguous
citadelcock
spacer Re: This was a great move. The ACC is now a contiguous
lamb
spacer Are you Nuts?
TroutSlayer
spacer Questions
Buffalo Creek Tiger
spacer Re: Questions
Fluxus
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davidhood®
spacer David, ask about Notre Dame***
Fluxus
spacer Maybe they are adding two in order to
Injun Tiger
spacer Re: Maybe they are adding two in order to
wbenham
spacer Great move by Swofford and the ACC
Tropical
spacer Re: Great move by Swofford and the ACC
wbenham
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sgt tiger®
spacer I like it, but...
Fluxus
spacer LOL, me too. I just thought about that.****
citadelcock
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TIGEREYE
spacer Also add Geographic look of conference A+ and two big
citadelcock
spacer Wait are you saying Pitt and Syracuse have no tradition?
TigerStyle13®
spacer Re: Wait are you saying Pitt and Syracuse have no tradition?
CC440
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grdtiger88
spacer "Terrible move"? "no tradition"? *facepalm*
zumaboy
spacer Re: "Terrible move"? "no tradition"? *facepalm*
oldtimetiger
spacer Quick! Let's bolt to the SEC...
mcdowecu
spacer You got 20 million bucks?***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: You got 20 million bucks?***
Jaw6988
spacer I really like it. I think......
Kramerica
spacer This thing happened lightning fast. It makes you wonder
Tigergal85
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Imbleedinorange
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jjlove98
spacer Awesome move, ACC! Good to know
hurricaneduane
spacer Strong move by the ACC. I like it.
gatecitytiger
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JBTFLO
spacer The is a bunch of you guys who would be pissed if the ACC
ChillCat
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PittLawstudent
spacer Weak move... dump Wake and bid like crazy for Notre Dame
mhuyser
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