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November 28, 2012
Jurich, Ramsey react to ACC invitation
The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member Wednesday morning. The two men most responsible for the move, AD Tom Jurich and President James Ramsey responded to the invitation.
"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 Jurich. "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."
Pres. Ramsey noted the ACC's academic reputation.
"The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics," Ramsey said. "The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams."
John Swofford, the commissioner of the ACC, believes in Louisville's potential as an important new member to his league.
"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 vote followed the submission of Louisville's letter of application. The Cardinals are expected to join the league in 2014.
"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."
Swofford reacts to Louisville's bid to the ACC