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NCAA Conference Realignment: Pitt, Syracuse Want To Join ACC

Heather Dinich of ESPN writes that an ACC official has confirmed that Pitt and Syracuse have applied to join the ACC. The ACC is apparently serious about adding more schools, and it has taken schools from the Big East in the past:

Another ACC source confirmed the addition of teams is not only valid, but a very real possibility. ACC officials have declined to comment, and no sources were aware of a timetable.

This is familiar territory for the ACC, which raided the Big East before to add Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College to get to its current 12-member format. Should it happen again, this move would likely be even far more difficult for the Big East to overcome.

Obviously, many hurdles must be cleared before Pitt or Syracuse leave, but if they do, it would mark an enormous change for Pitt. It would also be a very tough spot for West Virginia, which would either have to move to a new conference or figure out how to proceed in a watered-down one that would no longer feature its biggest rival.

Anson Whaley will give his reaction to the news later in this storystream. In the meantime, check out Cardiac Hill (Pitt), The Smoking Musket (West Virginia) and Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician (Syracuse).

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.