Courtesy: Duke Sports Information Release: 11/28/2012
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member.
Wednesday, a number of Duke leaders and coaches weighed in with their thoughts on the league's expansion.
"Much like previous impactful moves by Atlantic Coast Conference leadership, our league grew significantly stronger today with the addition of the University of Louisville. Our presidents made a highly informed decision and the ACC will benefit immensely for years to come because of their thoughtfulness and diligence. Certainly, from a Duke perspective, we are thrilled that Louisville will become a member institution of the ACC and look forward to many years of strong camaraderie and outstanding competition between our two universities."
-- Kevin White, Duke University Vice President & Director of Athletics
“We are proud to welcome the University of Louisville – a proven entity within the landscape of college athletics with their excellence and tradition – into the Atlantic Coast Conference. While this addition strengthens the overall status of our conference, we should note that Commissioner Swofford and the league’s leadership are to be commended for their guidance and direction of the conference.”
-- David Cutcliffe, Duke University Football Coach
"Without question, the University of Louisville brings an amazing amount of tradition and recent success at the national level to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Having just prepared for and competed against Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game, I can assure everyone that the leadership of our conference made a tremendous decision with this invitation. Louisville, which has outstanding leadership in administration and among its coaching staff, is a significant addition to the ACC."
-- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University and USA National Team Men's Basketball Coach
"It is great to see Commissioner Swofford and ACC leaders making wonderful strategic moves for the future of our conference. With the addition of Louisville, which has a strong overall athletic program, the ACC presidents continue to secure the conference's future. We look forward to having Louisville join our tremendous league."
-- Joanne P. McCallie, Duke University Women’s Basketball Coach