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In a move that could signify the beginning of the end of the Big East, of which Rutgers University is a member, Atlantic Coast Conference university presidents approved expansion in a conference call yesterday.
The 50-year-old ACC voted 7-2 to grow from nine to 12 members but has yet to extend a formal invitation to Big East powers Miami, Boston College, Syracuse or Virginia Tech.
All four schools have been courted by the league, Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said last month.
ACC presidents approve expansion

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The University of Miami is expected to be invited as early as today to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference after ACC leaders voted Tuesday to expand to a 12-team league.
UM expected to join new 12-team ACC

It would be easier to feel good about the University of Miami's apparent imminent sports switch from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference if not for the sad, lingering note of regret over the pending loss of that great, traditional football rivalry vs. Rutgers.
Leaving the Big East is no great loss

University of Miami athletic director Paul Dee said he was not surprised to hear Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted to expand the conference from nine to 12 teams Tuesday. But Dee said he had not received an invitation.
''I know what they were trying to do, and that was the next step,'' Dee said before participating in a fund-raising event at Benihana restaurant in South Miami. ``The fact they took that step is a positive. We will wait to hear from [ACC commissioner John Swofford] or it might be one of their presidents or an athletic director that will call. After that, there will be a series of conversations, and we will bring it back to the university and make a decision.''
Dee, UM coaches await word

West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong, surprised by the Atlantic Coast Conference presidents' decision to expand, implored several Big East members to stay in the conference Tuesday night.
"We, along with the other schools in the Big East, have made a commitment toward a strong conference," Pastilong said. "And we're counting on others to honor their commitments."
West Virginia pushing to save Big East

The Atlantic Coast Conference has voted to expand and is ready to turn its attention toward the Big East Conference, where it will ask the University of Miami and some combination of Syracuse, Boston College and Virginia Tech to join.
No formal invitations have yet been extended. The ACC hopes to have the three teams on board for the 2004 season.
ACC votes to expand by three

No program has impacted college football over the last 20 years like the Miami Hurricanes, winning five national championships, playing for four more and raising the bar for finding and developing talent.
It looks like they will have something to say about the future of the sport, too.
Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted Tuesday to expand to a 12-team superconference, setting the stage for Miami and two other Big East teams (Syracuse, Boston College or Virginia Tech) to join the league. And all indications point to the Hurricanes being ready to make the move, which likely would reshape college football.
Miami waiting for invitation to ACC

With the Atlantic Coast Conference officially becoming a threat to the Big East's existence yesterday by voting to expand from nine schools to 12, according to a published report, the question is: Will Miami exit the Big East?
Miami athletic director Paul Dee appeared to offer the rest of the conference a glimmer of hope for the Big East meetings, which start Saturday in Ponte Verde, Fla. Dee said Miami would carefully weigh all of its options before making a decision.
Troubling news as ACC votes to expand

Call up eBay, type in "Division I-A schools," and, as of Tuesday afternoon, the University of Miami should pop up. The Hurricanes are officially on the block, and as far as we know, there's no "Buy It Now!" price. The Atlantic Coast Conference will bid for Miami to come and bring two friends. The Big East Conference will bid for its perennial football champion to stay. Let the auction begin.
We all thought that when the ACC presidents voted, it would be the beginning of the end of this waiting game. Instead, it's the end of the beginning. So we wait. What will it take to lure Miami?
Miami the prize coveted by both the ACC and Big East

In a move that could start a chain reaction that ultimately changes the structure of college conferences from Boston to San Diego, the presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference yesterday voted, 7-2, to expand from nine to 12 teams, with the University of Miami the pivotal part of the move -- and Boston College a close second -- sources in the ACC and Big East said.
ACC is said to authorize expansion

Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted to expand Tuesday, setting the stage to invite Miami and two other schools to join their nine-team league, two sources familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.
Miami will get an invitation soon. If the Hurricanes and two other teams from the Big East accept, it would drastically alter the landscape of college sports. Expansion could go into effect as early as 2004.
Expansion is here

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The Atlantic Coast Conference took a step toward expansion Tuesday when the presidents of its nine member schools voted to add three members.
ACC votes to add three schools

It was as if the Wake Forest athletic program stood on the ledge and everyone below screamed, "Jump!" And the Demon Deacons obeyed.
This is how Wake's consenting to the expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference appears, assuming Thomas K. Hearn was one of the seven school presidents voting to add three members. It does not matter that the university has an exceptional athletic director (Ron Wellman) or long-term contracts with gifted coaches in the two revenue sports (Skip Prosser in basketball, Jim Grobe in football). The reality is that trying to operate as a private school of roughly 3,000 students in a highly competitive, big-dollar athletic conference is just about unprecedented.
Wake's future looks bleak with ACC expansion

The Atlantic Coast Conference inched closer toward expansion Tuesday when its presidents voted to expand the conference from nine to 12 teams, clearing the way for Miami to join the league if it chooses.
The framework for expansion has been laid, and Miami should receive an official invitation from the conference in the coming days. But before the Hurricanes opt to leave the Big East Conference, the conference the Hurricanes have called home for 13 years, UM Athletic Director Paul Dee said a number of lingering issues regarding money, which Big East teams join Miami in the ACC, the proposed six-team divisions, and scheduling issues need to be worked out to Miami's satisfaction.
ACC votes to expand to 12 teams

Atlantic Coast Conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to expand to 12 teams, a move expected to bring the University of Miami to Tobacco Road - and havoc to athletic conferences all over the country.
As of late Tuesday night the ACC had not extended an invitation to Miami or any school, but two Florida State trustees confirmed the 7-2 vote of ACC presidents and chancellors to expand. Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill dissented.
ACC votes to expand to 12 teams

Now that the presidents of the nine Atlantic Coast Conference universities have voted in favor of expanding by three Big East schools, here's something to digest: jumping from one conference to another is nothing new.
In the past decade, two major defections have taken place. In 1996, the defection of four schools -- Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech -- essentially killed the Southwest Conference when they left to make the Big Eight the Big 12. In 1999, half of the 16-team Western Athletic Conference left to form the Mountain West.
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