Thanks to a lobbying effort comparable to anything Grover Norquist has done over the past decade, Louisville was added to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) early Wednesday morning.
The departure of Maryland left a giant void in the ACC, and in the wake of the Big East getting pillaged for all of its noteworthy programs, Louisville decided that this was the opportune time to jump ship.
Rutgers ditched the Big East last week, too.
Initially there were some murmurs about UConn being the team to make the leap, but apparently the Cardinals’ massive athletic budget, the market they open up, and the strength of the football team was enough to give them the edge. According to Yahoo! Sports, “Cincinnati also made a spirited 11th-hour push,” whatever that means.
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An interesting tidbit about this from Sports Illustrated:
There had been a small amount of resistance heading into the ACC's 7 a.m. call on Wednesday because of the school's low academic profile.
Bottom line: start mentally preparing for 16-team super conferences – they’re coming faster than anyone could have anticipated.