"These two outstanding institutions afford us instant natural conference rivals, which has been absent for us and is so very meaningful to our student-athletes, alumni, our fans and the college sports fan in general," FSU Director of Athletics Dave Hart said in a prepared statement.
"The collective level of electricity will immediately be elevated for all of our sports and for all of those constituents as we welcome Miami and Virginia Tech into the ACC family."
UM and Virginia Tech's defection from the Big East dramatically alters the balance of power within the conferences, bringing the ACC two of the nation's strongest football programs and leaving the Big East with a huge void.
While many FSU players said they didn't follow ACC expansion closely, defensive end Willie Jones of Miami was happy with Monday's news.
The FSU-UM series has been one of the nation's most-heated since the late 1980s. The ‘Canes lead the all-time series 26-20 and have won the past three meetings.
"I feel good about that," Jones said following Monday's workout.
"A lot of my friends and my cousin (receiver Darnell Jenkins) plays down there now, so that's going to give us another reason to play those guys because it's going to mean even more for us to try to put it on them. I am glad about that. It can (bigger), since it can determine what bowl game you go to and you just have to prepare for it even more since it's a conference game."
Miami, which has won six of the 12 Big East football championships, has the best record among all Division I-A football programs at 35-2. Virginia Tech is tied for eighth on that list at 29-9. FSU stands at 28-11.
Since the inception of the Big East's football conference in 1991, Miami is the only school to have won a national championship. The Hurricanes won national titles in 1991 and 2001, plus played for the crown after last season, losing to Ohio State. Virginia Tech also played for the national championship after the 1999 season, losing to FSU.
The pair's addition naturally strengthens the ACC's image, which has had its share of critics.
"In the early 90s, everybody knew Florida State was going to dominate," Jones said. "Now it's a tough conference and people will even talk about it more with Miami in there. I am glad, because every win means even more. I would rather for it to be more competitive than to just run through everybody."
The ACC originally sought to expand to 12 schools so it could offer a lucrative conference title game in football. While the league plans to seek another school, it also could ask the NCAA to change the 12-member requirement.
Hart, who played an instrumental role in the process, says he has glad the journey has come to a close -- for now.
"With Miami and Virginia Tech formally accepting invitations by our league's president's to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, a lengthy and complicated process has reached its conclusion in the form of an eleven-member conference," Hart said.
"Obviously, the opportunity to eventually become a twelve-member league still exists at any time that our presidents feel inclined to move in that direction. For now, we will move forward as eleven. Having first-hand knowledge of the arduous path we have traveled on this complex expansion journey, I am pleased to offer a welcoming hand to the Hurricanes and the Hokies on behalf of the Florida State Seminoles."
The other hand being extended was from Jones.
"I am looking forward to it," he said and smiled.