It was first reported that the Presidents and Chancellors on the Atlantic Coast Conference would hold a teleconference Wednesday morning to cast votes on another round of league expansion. Now that the votes are in its official; the ACC has voted to add the University of Louisville.
The report by David Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal came late Tuesday night and indicated that Louisville was the most likely school to receive an invitation. Per league rules, the Cardinals had to be approved by at least a 75% vote.
Louisville was formerly a member if the Big East, but had been pursuing other conference options for quite some time. The Cardinals are the sixth team to leave the Big East and join the ACC.
Other schools that have reportedly also been lobbying for an invite include; Cincinnati, Connecticut, Navy, and South Florida. The second school that seems to have been given the most attention is Uconn.
With the addition of Louisville, the ACC is back to having 14 members. Last week the Big Ten offered an invitation to the University of Maryland, who accepted that invite and will join the conference starting in 2014.
On Tuesday, the ACC filed a lawsuit against the University of Maryland in an attempt to collect the full payment of the $53 million dollar exit fee for the school's recent move to the Big Ten.
There was much speculation that Maryland would try to wiggle its way out of paying the full exit fee, leaving the ACC little option. Here's what league commissioner John Swofford said in a statement:
"We continue to extend our best wishes to the University of Maryland; however there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its exit fee obligation.
Currently at $53 million, the league's exit fee is nearly three times that of its annual operating budget.
Losing Louisville is another blow to the Big East as it continues to fight for its relevance in the college landscape. You could also argue its an upgrade over Maryland in many ways.