With the newest movers and shakers in the college football world with newfound homes, July is here and conference realignment today takes full effect. For the ACC, that means the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse in all sports, and Notre Dame in all sports except for football and hockey. John Swofford, the commissioner of the now 15-team powerhouse, believes his conference is now very well positioned not only now, but for the future. “We’ve got fifteen terrific that really fit together tremendously well academically, athletically, and geographically.” Louisville will become the 16th team to join the ACC in 2014, and will make it the second largest Division-One conference in college sports, only to the SEC.
For the college basketball world, conference realignment shook up as the Big East was ultimately put out of its misery, and the so-called ‘new Big East’ was formed. It will be composed of the ‘Catholic 7’ (Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Providence and DePaul) and also will add Butler, Xavier, and Creighton.
In all, a staggering 49 teams will be joining new conferences in 2013, and with college football kickoff in a little less than two months away, we are getting closer and closer to seeing these changes in full effect.
— Greenhouse Sports