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“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”
Fr. William Leahy, Boston College
Mr. James Barker, Clemson University
Dr. Richard Brodhead, Duke University
Dr. Eric Barron, Florida State University
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. James Ramsey, University of Louisville
Dr. Donna Shalala, University of Miami
Dr. Holden Thorp, University of North Carolina
Dr. Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University
Fr. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Mark Nordenberg, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
Dr. Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia
Dr. Charles Steger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Dr. Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest University
ND should put their money where their mouth is and join 100%. If they truly want to keep the ACC, they need to join us in FB; full-time.
Haha, Clemson's president isn't even a PhD. He's probably not even an egghead.
Great move by the presidents, the TV revenue bubble is gonna burst at some point, ratings were even down 15% for SEC football this year. All these schools that joined a conference where the travel eats up alot of the athletic budget will be the ones scrambling.
WAHOO 4 LIFE!!
Clemson has a unique and intense method for selecting school president. It requires character, fortitude, endurance, and balanced thought.
It is very much like the Decathalon or an Iron Man contest in that it requires someone who can perform a number of requirements at a very high level.
They gather the most gifted candidates and have them compete with each other in three critical aspects of Clemson University life:
1) tobacco spitting distance and accuracy (contestants often hire hokies as coaches)
2) cow tipping on roller skates
3) beer chugging while getting a wedgy
The overall points winner of these contests gets to be President as he best displays the kind of education received at Clemson.
Interesting move. I hope this holds and there is backbone behind those signatures. I guess Maryland was such a dumpster fire they couldn't have signed that if they'd wanted to. That's okay, it will be fun to watch them get pummelled in the B1G. Maryland was already trashy but this is just the dog pissing on the trash.
Don't know how they can say it any stronger than that. Good for them.
Yea, pretty strong statement. Swofford is earning his pay navigating these waters. He has been criticized aplenty. If the ACC holds its ground in the end he will deserve much of the credit.
In my humble opinion I believe the Louisville commitment is a real upgrade for the ACC over the twerps and will be looked back upon one day as a very strategic move by Swofford. We will enjoy what Louisville brings to the league, and unlike Maryland their fans are rabid about football as well as basketball. They travel and are committed enough to football to make Charlie Strong one of the highest, if not THE highest paid coaches in college football. Lastly the ACC is, and has been, the dream destination for Louisville fans for many years. A "player" who "wants to be on the team".
Opps, didn't realize I responded to myself. Must be a slow night...
At least you didn't counterpoint your original post, then you would be arguing with yourself, which might raise some concerns.
Lol. Very true. That would be very disturbing...
Werent they trying to go to the B1G last year? They wanted to leave the BE period.
It was the Big 12 they were chasing. The same way Cincy was making a case to the ACC to pick them over Louisville, Louisville was doing with the Big 12 to try and be picked over WVU.
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