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Louisville Leaves Big East for ACC

By Dave Martin
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 29, 2012 Last Updated: November 29, 2012
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Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals joined the Big East in 2005. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals joined the Big East in 2005. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The University of Louisville announced their departure from the Big East for the ACC Wednesday, according to a report on the school’s website.

“With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.”

The ACC also lost Maryland earlier this month, though its losses don’t compare the number of schools who’ve recently departed the Big East. In addition to the aforementioned schools, West Virginia bolted for the Big 12.

“The Big East has anticipated the continuing realignment that is reshaping college athletics and has already made important additions as part of our vision for the future,” said Big East commissioner Mike Aresco, according to a report on the conference’s website.

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