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University of Louisville becomes part of ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2012) — The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member. The vote followed the submission of UofL’s letter of application.

All 23 Cardinal teams will now play in the ACC.

“With the addition of the University of Louisville, the ACC continues to be well positioned for the future competing at the highest level in all facets of the collegiate experience,” said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement.

ACC Commissioner John Swofford said UofL’s “aggressive approach to excellence in every respect” will enhance the league’s culture and commitment “to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago.”

In the past 15 years, the ACC also has added Notre Dame, Pittsburg and Syracuse.

“The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics,” said Dr. James Ramsey, UofL president. “The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams.”

The move opens doors for the university, both athletically and academically, said Tom Jurich, UofL vice president and director of athletics. It also is good for UofL fans.

“With the proximity of the institutions … we never have to leave the Eastern time zone,” he said.