November 24, 2012; Louisville, KY USA; Louisville Cardinals cornerback Andrew Johnson (15) defensive end Marcus Smith (91) walk out to the field before the game against the Connecticut Huskies at Papa John

Big East Loses Big, Louisville Out In 2014


The rotating door that has become the Big East is still on the move. Just as the conference announced they would be adding East Carolina as a football school only and Tulane as a full member in order to solidify their presence in the college landscape, one of their mainstays decided to hit the road.

Louisville announced Wednesday morning that they will be taking their talents to the ACC in 2014, leaving the crumbling Big East behind. Louisville marks the sixth school to leave for the ACC from the Big East and joins a slew of other schools set to leave the conference over the next two years.

The Cardinals will be taking Maryland’s vacant spot in the conference. As you may know, the Terrapins have decided to join the Big Ten that same year. 2014 is also the same year that Rutgers will also leave the Big East for the Big Ten.

The ACC also courted Cincinnati and UConn for the open spot in the conference. However, they chose Louisville because the presidents believe that they may be able to add more schools at a later date if the conference were to lose any more of their veteran schools. The idea doesn’t seem so farfetched, since the ACC also seems to be moving around too.

Louisville won’t get the new kid on the block feeling when it makes its move either. There are plenty of their old Big East pals there to welcome them in. Most recently, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who will be making the jump in 2013.

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