Good Riddance

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday, spurning a flurry of last-minute offers from Big East officials to remain in their league.

University president Donna Shalala and athletic director Paul Dee formally announced the decision in a statement released moments before a scheduled on-campus news conference, ending what was a seven-week courtship between their school and the ACC.

"It has been a bizarre, strange, and goofy process," Shalala said. "But it has allowed us the opportunity to have the distance to decide who we are, where we are and where we want to go."

Virginia Tech president Charles Steger said last week his school is also leaving the Big East and joining the ACC.

Miami joins the ACC

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