ESPN is reporting via sources that the ACC has voted to add Louisville.
It’s a great move for U of L and its athletics program for a number of reasons.
First of all, it goes to a much better all-around conference than the Big East. Louisville can now develop basketball rivalries with Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, and old Big East and impending ACC members Syracuse and Pittsburgh. In football, it’s a definite step up, with the Cards welcoming Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Georgia Tech, etc., into Cardinal Stadium on a consistent basis.
Don’t forget Notre Dame. The Irish is joining the ACC in all sports except football, and the Irish have agreed to play at least four ACC schools in football each year. Louisville should be in that rotation. And Louisville will now be able to continue to play Notre Dame in basketball.
The most important factor is that U of L now leaves the crumbling Big East, which is quickly turning into the old Conference USA. Tulane? Really? East Carolina? Snooze. Do we know if Boise State is in or out of the Big East?
As a bonus, this should help Tom Jurich keep Charlie Strong as football coach. One had to think Strong might be looking to leave, considering the Big East is likely to lose its BCS automatic qualifier status in two years. Strong can now recruit prospects on the idea of playing in a major conference.
And in basketball, we could get more Coach P vs. Coach K.