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Syracuse & Pitt Officially Move to ACC

The news broke this morning that the Syracuse Orange and Pitt Panthers would be leaving the Big Eat conference and moving to the ACC.

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In a bold move, both Syracuse and Pitt have made the move to the ACC.  That leaves the Big East in search of a couple teams to fill it’s membership ranking and the ACC a lot stronger. It also adds a bigger audience to the conference.  Syracuse chancellor Nancy Cantor said in a release,

We are pleased that Syracuse adds a New York City dimension to the ACC, a region in which we have built strong identity and affinity, and we look forward to bringing ACC games to the Big Apple

This is a big move for the ACC, especially with Texas and Oklahoma set to have meetings to decide their future in the Big 12.  Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson had this to say on the situation:

This is a very significant day for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff at the University of Pittsburgh. The strength and quality of the ACC is highly regarded by everyone at Pitt. When we set high expectations for our student-athletes in their academic, athletic and personal goals, it is important to provide every opportunity and resource to enable that success. Joining the ACC and the outstanding institutions in this conference will give every Pitt student-athlete the chance to achieve their highest aspirations.

For more on this story as it develops you can check out ESPN.com

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