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Sources: Louisville to leave Big East for ACC

Posted November 28, 2012

Atlantic Coast Conference presidents and chancellors voted Wednesday to invite Louisville to the league as a replacement for Maryland, ESPN is reporting. 

Since Maryland announced that it would leave the ACC for the Big Ten, there has been strong speculation that Connecticut or Louisville would be the league's replacement for the Terrapins. 

Other schools that have lobbied for ACC invitations are Cincinnati, Connecticut, Navy and South Florida, according to {{a href="external_link-1'}}David Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal{{/a}}. 

The ACC on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Maryland seeking full payment of the approximately $53 million exit fee for the school's move to the Big Ten. 

According to the 10-page lawsuit, the ACC said the school must pay $52,266,342, which is three times the league's annual operating budget for the 2012-13 season.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed Monday in Guilford County Superior Court, home to the league headquarters in Greensboro.

The lawsuit also states that Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has "refused to provide assurance" that the school will pay the exit fee and "has made it clear that defendant Maryland does not intend to pay the amount."

In a statement, Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC's council of presidents unanimously decided "to file legal action to ensure enforcement of this obligation."

"We continue to extend our best wishes to the University of Maryland; however, there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its exit fee obligation," Swofford said.

The league raised its exit fee to roughly $50 million in September after adding Notre Dame in all sports except football, though it's still unclear exactly when the Fighting Irish will begin play in the ACC. The exit fee is three times the league's annual operating budget so it could fluctuate from year to year.

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  • VT1994Hokie Nov 28, 2012

    Super news. Gotta love this addition.

  • batcave Nov 28, 2012

    Maryland who? We will miss you , but not for long) NandO sprtswriter, Luke maybe?

  • 4tarheels Nov 28, 2012

    I think the ACC should stop beating around the bush and go ahead and grab UCONN and mabye Cincy and get to 16 teams. Essentially, the ACC has merged with the Big East and that is okay if the trend is towards a superconference. The new ACC will be on top of the basketball world again, and the 16 teams will be powerful enough in football to get a spot at the table for future playoff system that may involve conference champions.

  • 4tarheels Nov 28, 2012

    The TV money for the new Big East will dry up once the smoke clears from everyone leaving the Big East. ECU joining the Big East will not be the windfall they had hoped for. The Big East is just an old name for what is essentially the new Conference USA. Who is left in football now, Cincy and South Florida? Those were the original members of Conference USA.

  • 4tarheels Nov 28, 2012

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    How about the "BIG ACC"?

  • hpr641 Nov 28, 2012

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    Wasn't my point. Just meant that UM is within possible day-trip driving range from Raleigh, while UL really isn't.. But to your point, and at the risk of carbon-dating myself, Florida St. has "only" been in the ACC since '91 ... you recall the old Metro Conf.? BC has only been with us since '05?

  • FAN72 Nov 28, 2012

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    I believe Florida State was a longer drive than 5 hours as was Boston College.

  • warrenhicks19672 Nov 28, 2012

    i think Louisville would be a good addition..I agree, I need a chart to keep up with all the changes; and I think that if Notre Dame joins the ACC, it should have to be in football too or no invite. All sports should be in the same conference. I understand why cause of TV, but it is getting ridiculous.

  • hpr641 Nov 28, 2012

    291 miles to UM ... 571 miles to UL (both from Raleigh). 5 hours is a possible day-trip, while 9.5 hours isn't really.

    I guess I just miss a few things - 1) Having EVERY conference member be within a reasonable driving day-trip range, 2) An 11-game regular season, 3) No conference championship games, 3) Only having 16 bowl games, 4) Bowl games not counting towards season/career statistics, and 5) College leaders at least appear to be working TOGETHER for the betterment of everyone involved (most especially, the student-athletes) not just the betterment of their own institution, even if at the expense of another institution(s).

    Anyone remember all the college presidents 20 years ago arguing against a playoff D-IA playoff (similar to D-IAA's, D-II's, and D-III's? They said they couldn't possibly ask their student-athletes to play any additional games ... at the time, 2 would've had to play 15 games, 4 teams 14, 8 teams 13, 8 teams 12, and everyone else 11 ... This year, 12 teams will play 14 games, 58 will play 13, and everyone else 12. I guess their need to pay for all their reckless spending outweighed their nobleness.

  • wjuliang Nov 28, 2012

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    Some good points. Not sure where they'd go though without football.

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