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Statement from the ACC Council of Presidents
Statement on December 6, 2012.
Dec. 6, 2012
“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”
Fr. William Leahy, Boston College
Mr. James Barker, Clemson University
Dr. Richard Brodhead, Duke University
Dr. Eric Barron, Florida State University
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. James Ramsey, University of Louisville
Dr. Donna Shalala, University of Miami
Dr. Holden Thorp, University of North Carolina
Dr. Randy Woodson, North Carolina State University
Fr. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame
Dr. Mark Nordenberg, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University
Dr. Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia
Dr. Charles Steger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Dr. Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest University
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Jerry Oberholtzer | @JOber247 | Clemson.247Sports.com
Didn't Greensboro say similar things, then Maryland left. I think it's pretty bad that they even have to come out and say this, since the negotiations are just "speculation".
Makes me sick just reading it....what a joke
The ACC is the biggest joke of a conference in America.
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Absolutely. You don't hear this coming out of any other conference offices (certainly not the Big East). I don't have the links handy, but Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Texas A&M, Maryland and Rutgers all had denied moving at some point prior to it actually happening.
These kind of statements and raised exit fees are all worthless in the end. The only thing thus far that has really cemented the stability of a conference is the Grant-of-Rights. If these presidents are serious and there is no smoke anywhere, then a GOR should be signed between all the schools immediately.
Not only does it stabilize the conference, but to ESPN or any TV partner, a GOR is worth more money than the standard TV contract. A GOR ensures the network that their product is not going to change except to grow. Just go ask the Big XII.
Until I see the schools in the ACC sign a GOR, all this posturing from Greensboro will remain worthless.
Yeah...I mean if nothings going on and it's just speculation, why even say anything? Just seems like if everyones so tight, then nobodys going to leave anyway. Why must you announce to everyone "hey, we're good y'all".?
Can someone please get FSU on the phone so we can figure out a date to get the hell out of this joke of a conference.... For the love of all things holy, please make this happen
Does anyone else think we're waiting on Deloss Dodds to make a decision.
Good read on this...
Just comes off as dumb and desperate. We need to be on the offensive here.
To me this was a non-statement
What do you mean... It looks just like the one's being issued by the B1G, SEC, PAC, and B12.
oh.. wait.. nevermind
I agree with Cory. To me, this is the equivalent to a 'vote of confidence' that an AD gives to a coach - or a coach like Saban saying 'I will not be the coach at Alabama'. All of those types of statements are usually considered the 'kiss of death'; and we all have seen how those statements usually play out.
I think the Presidents are stuck in this position at the moment - at least until other options present themselves. So for me, this doesn't worry me. I'll take the wait and see approach.
Tim Matyaszek | Clemson 247Sports | Twitter: @Tim_Matty247
Yep...really, what else are they going to say? They're going to be "loyal" to the ACC up untill the moment they decide to leave. Who would want to be in a situation where you're always saying you're going to leave, but never get an invite anywhere?
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