ACC invites Miami, Virginia Tech

T.K. Wetherell and Dave Hart respond to the news that invitations to join the Atlantic Coast Conference have been issued to Miami and Virginia Tech.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell said today he welcomes the addition of the University of Miami and Virginia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference and hopes that they will accept the league's invitation to become members.

"We fully support the league's decision," Wetherell said following an announcement by the ACC that it had officially extended invitations.

"Florida State University has strong and historic ties to both universities going back to the mid-1960s, and we are happy to welcome two such fine schools into the fold."

As well as competing in athletics, FSU and Virginia Tech have important academic ties as two of the institutions in a consortium that manages the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Wetherell said. In addition, they are both members of the Southeastern Universities Research Association.

"We also look forward to having a closer relationship with the University of Miami, another institution that excels in both academics and athletics and has ties, as FSU does, to Caribbean and other international programs," Wetherell said.

Athletics Director Dave Hart stated, "This particular alternative is new to everyone and until such time that these two institutions have time to absorb it and respond to the formal invitations, a comment from me would be premature."

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