Just a week after losing the University of Maryland the Atlantic Coast Conference has quickly found a replacement.
This morning sources are reporting that the ACC has indeed voted to confirm their invitation to the University of Louisville. An official announcement is expected later today. Louisville will be the sixth school to leave the Big East for the ACC and will be joining in time for the 2014 school year.
If you ask me, while many conferences are realigning for football purposes, it seems that the ACC is looking to revamp their basketball strength. The ACC has always been a basketball conference, but has struggled overall against other conferences in the last few years. While yes, the new additions do help their football strength, overall this is a move that seems to be focusing on basketball. Louisville is a huge upgrade as far as ACC football is concerned too. The Cards are 27-22 in the past four seasons, compared to a 17-32 record of Maryland.
The ACC is also said to be considering UConn and Cincinnati for membership. However the league only wanted to add Lousiville because should the ACC lose another school, they can add more schools at a later date.
UConn will more than likely be the next school to receive an offer. UConn has been known for their solid basketball programs, and Cincinnati in recent years has shown strength on the court too.