ACC Invites Louisville

By AARON BEARD,  AP Sports Writer

The Atlantic Coast Conference’s presidents and chancellors have voted unanimously to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday morning.

The person said ACC leaders also considered Connecticut and Cincinnati over the past week before choosing to add the Cardinals from the Big East. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the ACC has not publicly discussed future expansion plans.

The vote came during a conference call of ACC presidents and chancellors, the person said.

It’s unclear exactly when Louisville will join the ACC. The
Cardinals will be the seventh Big East school to leave for the ACC
in the past decade.

This latest rapid-fire round of realignment was set off last
week by the Big Ten’s additions of Maryland and Rutgers, which will
join that conference in 2014.

On Tuesday, the Big East added Tulane for all sports and East
Carolina for football only, also beginning in 2014.

Adding Louisville would bring the ACC to an even 14 full
members, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse beginning conference play in
2013.

Two months ago, the ACC announced the addition of Notre Dame for
all the conference’s sports but football, with the fiercely
independent Fighting Irish committing to play five ACC football
opponents each season. Most of Notre Dame’s non-football sports
have competed in the Big East since 1995.
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AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, N.C., contributed to
this report.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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