Louisville officially joins ACC

The wait is over! University of Louisville is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

When the clocks hit midnight on July 1, the University of Louisville officially became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

On November 29, 2012, at 7:40 a.m., ACC Commissioner John Swafford placed a call to University of Louisville President James Ramsey and formally extended an invitation for the school to join the ACC.

Ramsey and U of L athletic director Tom Jurich wasted no time in accepting the invitation that would set the school on a path that would depart the Big East Conference, which was undergoing its own restructuring, to a temporary home in the American Athletic Conference.

After a year of dominance in the AAC, the Cardinals are ready to spread their wings in their new home.

The ACC and U of L will conduct a joint news conference on campus today at 11:00 a.m.. John Swofford, James Ramsey and Tom Jurich are all expected to discuss the historic moment. The event will be broadcast live on the ACC Digital Network and a complete recap will be available on Cardinal Authority.

The community is invited to celebrate the exciting moment to University of Louisville history at an event on Tuesday at 4th Street Live.

The free event will open at 3 p.m., with the USA vs. Belgium soccer World Cup match available for viewing on the main video board at 4 p.m. The Cardinals' ACC celebration program will begin at 6 p.m. or following the conclusion of the soccer match. The event will include special messages from Louisville coaches and student-athletes, fan giveaways, and other features. A concert featuring the Louisville Crashers will cap the celebration on the main stage following the program. There will be food and beverage specials at participating establishments in Fourth Street Live! surrounding the celebration.

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