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ACC Expansion: Pitt Could Begin Play In ACC In 2012

The Trib has more details on the Pitt Panthers’ impending move to the ACC, which could find them playing in the new conference as soon as next academic year.

Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said a Big East-mandated 27-month waiting period against schools that leave the conference could be waived.

“I would think in the weeks ahead everyone will be looking at the transition period and trying to determine whether that 27 months’ notice really serves everyone’s best interests and whether there would be a modification to it,” he said. “The ACC would be comfortable with waiting that period of time if that, indeed, is how things unfold.”

Big East Associate Commissioner John Paquette suggested that the Big East might issue a response to Pitt and Syracuse’s departures on Monday.

Also, the Trib quotes Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson saying that Pitt will consider continuing its annual game against West Virginia.

For more on Pitt, check out Cardiac Hill.

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