Louisville to Join ACC – Sources

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    Georgia Tech will soon be heading to Kentucky for away games, as Louisville is slated to become the newest member of The Atlantic Coast Conference. That according to sources cited by the Associated Press.

    The ACC’s presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to add Louisville from the Big East as the replacement for Maryland, according to multiple sources.

    The AP reports that ACC presidents also considered Connecticut and Cincinnati over the past week before choosing to add the Cardinals. 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 Cardinals will be the seventh Big East team to move to the ACC in the past decade. There is no timetable for when Louisville will join the ACC.

    The Big East has a 27-month notification period for any member that wants to leave, and a $5 million exit fee.

    Louisville is the latest team to change conference alignment in the past few years. The trio of teams looking to move to the ACC were spurred to action last week by the Big Ten’s additions of Maryland and Rutgers, which will join the 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 will bring the ACC to an even 14 full members, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse beginning conference play in 2013.

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