University of Louisville accepts invitation to join ACC

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Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 9:26 AM

(WHAS11/NEWS RELEASE) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member. The vote followed the submission of Louisville’s letter of application.

Video: Fans react to UofL's move to 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. “The ACC continues to be a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics.”

“The University of Louisville will be a terrific member of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. “We welcome them as full partners into the ACC.”

“With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt 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, President, University of Louisville. “The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams.”

Raw Video: UofL News Conference Part I & Part II

“When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference,” said Tom Jurich, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Under John Swofford’s leadership, the ACC continues to prosper. We sincerely appreciate this opportunity. This will open so many more doors for us both athletically for all of our sports programs, and academically for our university. What I really like about this move is it’s terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone. This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity. It’s amazing what has happened here over the last 15 years. We appreciate so much what the BIG EAST Conference has meant to us.”

Statement from Mayor Fischer regarding the University of Louisville joining the Atlantic Coast Conference:

This is a fantastic development for the university, the city, and the state. All of the hard work over the years from UofL Athletics on the fields and courts and the Administration with academic achievement has paid off big time!

Statement from Big East commission Mike Aresco:

We enjoyed having Louisville in the Big East Conference and we wish them well.
 
The Big East has anticipated the continuing realignment that is reshaping college athletics and has already made important additions as part of our vision for the future.  We will continue moving forward to fulfill that vision, which includes a strong national football conference and a strong and storied basketball conference.  Big East teams will continue to compete and succeed at the highest level and, as always, will combine athletic and academic excellence.  With schools stretching from coast to coast and in many of the top U.S. media markets, the Big East has become a truly national conference with outstanding young men and women competing across a full range of sports.
 
We are committed to a vibrant and dynamic future for the Big East Conference.

 
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding the University of Louisville joining the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC):

“It’s been my privilege during my career to get to know a number of people in all walks of life who have been highly successful.  However, I am hard pressed to think of a more conspicuous example of success than what Tom Jurich has accomplished for UofL athletics in the last 15 years. Membership in the ACC is the culmination of his extraordinary leadership.”

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