The University of Louisville athletic program won't join the Atlantic Coast Conference until July 1. But the Cardinals were still well represented at the leagues Spring meetings held this week in Amelia Island, Fla.
U of L athletic director Tom Jurich, assistant athletic/Senior Women's Administrator Christine Herring, basketball coach Rick Pitino, football coach Bobby Petrino and women's basketball coach Jeff Walz among several others were part of the ACC meetings this week.Word from those in attendance said the U of L contingent was part of the individual sports meetings, while Jurich was involved in every aspect of talks with the league this week.
"They seem to fit right in," one league source told Cardinal Authority. "Like they have been here for years."
Several news items came out of the meetings, including the schools opting to keep eight league games in football and make each team play a ninth game against a Power Five opponent starting in 2017. The schools also voted to add an eighth official - one in the offensive backfield - for league football games next season.
It also appears the league will have some teams play that ninth game against other league teams in non-conference games against a conference foe they didn't play that season.
The ACC is also going to recommend an early signing period in football to the NCAA.
In basketball, the only major news was the move of the conference tournament final to Saturday night, with the semifinals being played on Friday night.
The basketball coaches also voted to use a 30 second shot clock for an experiment during men's exhibition games this season. A league source said Pitino was "a key backer" for that move.
The baseball tournament will be played in Durham, N.C., from 2015-18, while the women's basketball tournament will remain in Greensboro, N.C., through 2022.
Here is a listing of ACC championship sites for the 2014-15 school year:
Cross Country: Oct. 31 at Virginia.
Field hockey: Nov. 6-9 at Duke.
Women's soccer: Nov. 7-9 at UNC.
Men's soccer: Nov. 14 and 16 at Cary, N.C.
Football championship game: Dec. 6 at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.
Women's swimming and diving: Feb. 18-21 at Georgia Tech.
Men's Diving: Feb. 18-21 at Georgia Tech.
Men's Swimming: Feb. 25-28 at Georgia Tech.
Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field: Feb. 26-28 at Virgina Tech.
Women's basketball: March 4-8 at Greensboro, N.C.
Men's basketball: March 10-14 at Greensboro, N.C.
Women's Golf: April 17-19 at Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C.
Men's Golf: April 24-26 at North State Club in New London, N.C.
Women's lacrosse: April 23-26 at Virginia.
Men's and Women's Tennis: April 22-26 at Cary, N.C., Tennis Park.
Softball: May 7-9 at Virginia Tech.
Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field: May 14-16 at Florida State.
Women's Rowing: May 15-16 at Clemson.
Baseball: May 19-24 at Durham, N.C.