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ACC Officially Add Three Schools

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Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame officially became members of the Atlantic Coast Conference Monday.

The ACC held a welcome party for the three schools today in New York City.

Jim Boeheim, Frank Beamer, Larry Fitzgerald, Jimbo Fisher, and Mike Brey were on the dais at the welcoming press conference, as was ACC commissioner John Swofford, who says the league is now a true "Atlantic Coast Conference."  

"Just within our footprint, the ACC will have the most television households, and highest population, or any conference nationally," says Swofford.  

The Syracuse Orange were in the NCAA Final Four last year, and head coach Jim Boeheim says the basketball potential of the conference is impressive.

"The ACC has been a great basketball league long, long before any other league was a great basketball league," says Boeheim.  "It's an unbelievable basketball conference.  The more great programs you have in your conference, the better it is for everyone."

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Bray says, "I spent eight years at Duke University as an assistant.  I have some great memories of the league.  I never thought, in my wildest dreams, I'd be coaching in the league at the University of Notre Dame."

While the basketball will get even better, the recent expansion by conferences has always been about football.

Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher says, "You're talking about a league that can compete for national championships.  I think it'll make us all better, and prepare us for those national championships better."

Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer adds, "I think we're going to increase our recruiting.  We're going to get better, and as Jimbo said, certainly have a chance to compete for the national championship.  I think everything that's happened helps us in that regard."

Commissioner Swofford says the additions make the ACC a conference to be reckoned with.

"When you put all of that together, there are opportunities in place in front of us that we've never had before as a league," says Swofford.

Notre Dame is member in all sports except football.  

Maryland will leave the ACC for the Big Ten on July 1st of 2014, while Louisville will join the ACC in all sports.

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