(Press Release) 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.”
“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.
Big, big moves for Pitt and Cuse, as they leave the comfort of the Big East for the fertile grounds of the ACC. As a local Pitt fan, I did not see this one coming from a mile away, but I’m fully onboard with this move.
Obviously, as it relates to this blog, the biggest implications don’t involve Pitt, but the addition of Syracuse to the ACC lacrosse powerhouses.
Let this settle in, we’ll have Duke, UNC, UVA, Maryland, and Syracuse competing for a conference title every year. I could easily posit that the ACC title will be tougher to claim than the national title, but I’ll wait for the season to kick-off before I open the flood-gates on topics like that.
This is good news for lacrosse though, home games at the Dome just went up a level and I am extremely excited to see how this shakes out going forward.
As for Pitt, I’ll miss them in the Big East Basketball Tournament, they always did well in the Garden, but I welcome home games against Duke and UNC at the Pete. I’m not sure if this will have any bearing on Pitt’s MCLA lacrosse team, but it be tough to say the athletic department won’t note the success of the ACC lacrosse programs, but we know there are a lot of issues with promoting the sport to varsity status, so I’ll just hope.
In both cases, this is a bold move for two of the most storied Big East schools, and Big East football just went down a peg; sorry about that TCU.