It’s official. Syracuse and Pittsburgh have accepted invitations to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The development, first reported late Friday night by Pete Thamel of The New York Times, was made official today.
Needless to say, the move will have huge ramifications, giving the ACC 14 times and strong representation in more Northeast markets.
As for the Big East, losing one of its founding and most visible members, Syracuse, is a huge blow. So too is the loss of Pittsburgh.
While Big East teams must give 27 months notice before changing conferences, there is a chance Syracuse and Pittsburgh could negotiate with the Big East to exit earlier. The ACC said it would not initiate any such negotiations and that it would have to come from the schools.
The move will give the ACC 14 schools, fueling speculation that two more schools will be added so that two eight-team divisions can be formed.
This move, like nearly all conference changes by colleges, was most impacted by football. But lacrosse will also be affected with Syracuse’s big shift.
“From a financial standpoint and an exposure standpoint, joining the ACC helps all the sports programs here, which is important,” Syracuse lax coach John Desko said in a statement just released. “Lacrosse-wise you aren’t going to find any better competition you than you will in the ACC. They’re all elite programs so it’s a great fit from that aspect, as well.”
In an ironic twist to the turn of events, Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East Conference, died late Friday night at age 73.
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