Reaction: Cards join ACC

Select quotes from coaches and others on the University of Louisville's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

U OF L PRESIDENT DR. James Ramsey

"The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics. The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams."

U OF L AD TOM JURICH

"Everybody in this community is elated today. We feel very privileged and honored to have this opportunity to join such a prestigious conference."

"When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference."

UNC CHANECELLOR HOLDEN THORP

"This is a terrific day for the Atlantic Coast Conference."

"The University of Louisville will be a wonderful member of the ACC. We are thrilled to welcome them as full partners."

ACC COMMISSIONER JOHN SWOFFORD

"The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse."

MIKE ARESCO, BIG EAST CONFERENCE

"We enjoyed having Louisville in the Big East Conference and we wish them well. The Big East has anticipated the continuing realignment that is reshaping college athletics and has already made important additions as part of our vision for the future. We will continue moving forward to fulfill that vision, which includes a strong national football conference and a strong and storied basketball conference.

"Big East teams will continue to compete and succeed at the highest level and, as always, will combine athletic and academic excellence. With schools stretching from coast to coast and in many of the top U.S. media markets, the Big East has become a truly national conference with outstanding young men and women competing across a full range of sports. We are committed to a vibrant and dynamic future for the Big East Conference."

SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL

"It's been my privilege during my career to get to know a number of people in all woalks of life who have been highly successful. However, I am hard pressed to think a more conspicuous example of success than what Tom Jurich has accomplished for U of L athletics in the last 15 years. Membership in the ACC is the culmination of his extraordinary leadership."

BASEBALL COACH DAN MCCDONNELL

"With the foundation we have in place at the University of Louisville and the successes we have already attained in our baseball program, entering one of the elite baseball conferences in the nation in the ACC will only enhance our opportunities to succeed at the highest level. Competing in a league with such baseball history against some of the top programs in the country will allow us to continue in our pursuits of not only returning to Omaha, but also in chasing the ultimate goal of winning a national championship."

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH JEFF WALZ

"This is a great opportunity for not only women's basketball but the entire athletic department. Women's basketball speaks for itself - the current members of the ACC and the new additions will make it one of the best leagues in the country. Tom Jurich and President Ramsey have done a great job making sure we have everything we need to succeed and be one of the elite programs and today is proof of what a great administration we have here at Louisville."

MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH RICK PITINO

"It's awesome for the city and for the university."

DIR. CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK & FIELD RON MANN

"We're excited about joining the ACC. As a coaching staff, we talked about it and we're excited about the opportunity to become part of a conference that has a strong reputation for academics and athletics, and it's a real honor."

WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH KAREN FERGUSON-DAYES

"The tradition of women's soccer in the ACC is unparalleled, and we are excited to compete in the top women's soccer conference in the nation."

MEN'S SOCCER COACH KEN LOLLA

"I always had confidence that Tom had positioned the athletic department to be one of the best in the nation. He did it not only in soccer but in all of the sports across the board here at the University of Louisville. This will create exciting and new challenges and we look forward to the opportunity."


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