Well, it??s official. Syracuse University is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
After spending the past 34 years as a founding member of the Big East Conference, SU - along with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame - officially joined the ACC on Monday.
It has been nearly two years since SU??s move was first announced on September 18, 2011, and now the school can begin a new chapter in its rich athletic history.
There are several events being held in New York City on Monday to mark the event. The ACC is holding a 2:00 p.m. news conference in Times Square, where coach Jim Boeheim is scheduled to take part. Conference officials will also be on hand to ring the closing bell of the NASDAQ stock market at 3:45. An SU contingent was at the 'Today' show studios Monday morning and will be at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx later today.
??This is an extraordinary time for our conference on many levels,?? said ACC Commissioner John Swofford in media release. ??I believe all those who are able to interact with us in New York or watch the proceedings from afar will share in our excitement as we welcome Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC family.??
In addition to Boeheim and Swofford, other dignitaries who are participating in events include basketball coaches Mike Brey of Notre Dame and Roy Williams of North Carolina; football coaches Frank Beamer of Virginia Tech and Jimbo Fisher of Florida State and former Pitt wide receiver and current NFL star Larry Fitzgerald.
The addition of the three schools this year brings the ACC to 14 members, with Louisville scheduled to join in 2014. Notre Dame will be a full member in all sports except football, where they will play a minimum of five ACC teams per season.
??We have long looked forward to officially recognizing these three outstanding institutions as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference,?? said Swofford. ??It will truly be a historic day for our league.??
The Orange will host Clemson in their first ACC football game on Saturday, October 5.
Video: Jim Boeheim speaks about SU entering the ACC at the 50 second mark.
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