The University of Louisville officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday, July 1, after officials voted to add Louisville to the league in November 2012. The Cardinals were a longtime member of the Big East conference and competed in the American Athletic conference last year, becoming the seventh former Big East team to join the ACC (Boston College, Miami, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, and Syracuse). The conference now has 15 institutions with the departure of Maryland to the Big Ten. The ACC hosted a press conference and pep rally to officially welcome Louisville into the conference.
The move will also have an impact on all ACC Athletics, the most obvious one being in Men’s Basketball. The addition of Louisville will make the ACC one of the top basketball conferences in the NCAA, if not the best ever. When asked about the expansion last year, Coach K had this to say: “I love what’s happening with our conference, we’re going to be a 10-bid conference. We’re going to be the best conference in the history of the game. It’s exciting to be part of that.”
With the addition of Louisville, the ACC will have four Hall of Fame basketball coaches in Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim, and Rick Pitino. All four of these coaches have won an NCAA title since 2000, with the Cardinals most recent championship coming in 2013. Duke and Louisville will hope to spark a new rivalry gaining national attention, similar to the Duke and Syracuse games this year.