The Atlantic Coast Conference has a new look as of yesterday with three new additions. Notre Dame, Pitt, and Syracuse are set as members of the new look ACC that began with the start of the new athletic year as of July 1st.
Notre Dame joins after leaving the Big East as partial members. The Fighting Irish remain as partial members in the ACC, retaining their independence for their football program.
Louisville will be joining in 2014 when current member Maryland leaves for the Big Ten.
Now, the ACC is poised as one of the largest and most competitive conferences in college athletics. It’s also a headline they prefer to read than those that doubted they would exist much longer just months ago.
When asked about the conference plans in the future for more possible expansion, Commissioner John Swofford replied:
“It’s not a topic of conversation for us right now,” he said. ”I would not anticipate it being in the future, but we’ll see. I don’t predict the future much anymore, I’ve learned better. But it’s not something that’s on the table for discussion in our league right now.”
It appears to be a record breaking year for the ACC. It appears to also be the year where the ACC regains it’s basketball dominance from the Big Ten and Big East/American Athletic.
All three schools also have had a history of excellent football and joining the ACC may be just the recipe to rebuild their programs and build a strong football presence in the ACC.