University of Louisville to ACC
by Sonny | on November 29, 2012
Exciting Louisville athletes played their way into ACC’s highly regarded, more stable home
University of Louisville President James Ramsey arrived at his office early Wednesday morning. He knew the Atlantic Coast Conference’s presidents were holding a conference call that would determine U of L’s future, and he didn’t want to miss a thing.
At 7:40 a.m. Ramsey’s phone rang. ACC commissioner John Swofford was on the line, and he extended U of L an invitation to join the conference, escaping the Big East’s crumbling walls.
In 2014 U of L will become the ACC’s 14th member, replacing Maryland, which announced this month that it will join the Big Ten. Word that the Cardinals had found a new home was met with elation, enthusiasm and, most of all, relief.
“With the addition of the University of Louisville, the ACC continues to be well positioned for the future competing at the highest level in all facets of the collegiate experience,” said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. “The ACC continues to be a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics.”
“The University of Louisville will be a terrific member of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. “We welcome them as full partners into the ACC.”
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