ACC presidents vote to invite Louisville to join conference

Cardinals join five other former Big East members in ACC's new lineup

During a 7 a.m. conference call on Wednesday, Atlantic Coast Conference presidents and chancellors voted to invite Louisville to the league as a replacement for Maryland, ESPN and others are reporting.

The addition of Louisville marks a significant major sports upgrade for the ACC. Louisville's football team has been ranked for most of the season and will play Rutgers for the Big East title on Thursday, while Louisville's basketball team - coached by Rick Pitino - is currently ranked fifth in the nation. The Cardinals are ranked higher than any ACC team except Duke, which defeated Louisville on Saturday.

According to Dave Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal, Louisville won out over several other school who lobbied to replace Maryland in the ACC's lineup, including Connecticut, Cincinnati, South Florida and Navy.

Louisville will become the sixth former Big East team in the ACC, joining Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

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tigerdh writes:

This is a good choice among the choices we had. This decision and the Notre Dame decision have improved the ACC, we will not miss Mary. I wish them well, they were a loyal member for a lot of years.

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