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Pitt To Join ACC In 2013, According To Report

The Pittsburgh Panthers are joining the ACC conference, leaving the Big East. The only question was when the team would wind up making their move. Initially, the Pitt was expected to make the move in 2014, but according to a report by Mark McMurphy of CBS Sports, the Panthers are pushing for it to happen in 2013.

The Big East will consider allowing Pittsburgh and Syracuse to leave the league for the ACC a year early in 2013, Big East commissioner John Marinatto said Wednesday. College football industry sources told that "there is no doubt" Pittsburgh and Syracuse will be in the ACC in 2013. It's just a question of what type of additional compensation the Big East would require from each school.

West Virginia has already made a settlement with the Big East to leave earlier than the required 27 month notice, as they are joining the Big 12 in 2012. With Pitt now looking to get into the mix of leaving earlier than 2014, it will come down to what kind of financial compensation the Big East will require from the Panthers to make the leap to the ACC in 2013.

For more on the Pittsburgh Panthers, visit SB Nation's Pitt blog Cardiac Hill. For more on the move to the ACC, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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