As was heavily documented yesterday, the ACC‘s Council of Presidents issued a joint statement of solidarity, expressing their desire to work together to continue building a stronger athletic conference. The statement, which was backed by all 11 current committed members and all four future members, read:
“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”
Unfortunately for those of us who are rooting for the ACC’s survival, the answer may be a resounding no, based on similar statements in the past, by other leagues feeling the expansion pressure. A sampling:
- Following Syracuse and Pitt‘s departures to the ACC, the Big East’s remaining membership (including Notre Dame and Louisville) publicly pledge solidarity to the league as it moves forward.
- With rumors that Texas A&M is planning to defect, the remaining nine Big 12 members pledge solidarity, and express a desire to keep the Aggies around. Missouri, who would also leave a few months later, is part of this statement.
- After watching Nebraska and Colorado leave the Big 12, the 10 remaining members (including A&M and Mizzou) state their public commitment to the continuation and stability of the conference.