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TOPIC: Conference shuffle
OUR VIEW: ACC a good fit for U of L
As dozens of schools went from one athletic conference to another over the last few years, the University of Louisville sat back, watched and waited.
And now, U of L is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference — a huge upgrade in every sport from the crumbling Big East Conference.
U of L has been a Big East member for less than 10 years and has been a valuable member in many sports. U of L has a well-rounded athletic program with various teams reaching NCAA Tournament play and going deep in the tournaments.
In the last 10 years, for instance, U of L has reached the College World Series in baseball, two Bowl Championship Series football games, Final Fours in men’s and women’s basketball, the championship game in men’s soccer and had many NCAA Tournament appearances in other sports.
U of L has been a strong addition to the Big East since its arrival, but last week’s decision to leave for the ACC is definitely a good move for the future of the school’s athletic program and it comes a year after a failed bid to earn an invite to the Big 12.
With so much uncertainty around the Big East with its mass exodus of schools, U of L needed to find where it fit in the college athletic puzzle. One of the big lures to the football program is the automatic BCS bid to the Big East conference winner. That will be gone with the reshaped Big East.
Under its contract with the Big East, U of L will need to wait 27 months before it can exit the conference for the ACC, but don’t be surprised if the school can push that forward and be in its new conference by the start of the 2014 football season.
U of L may not be alone among state schools shifting conferences. Western Kentucky could find itself out of the Sun Belt and headed to Conference USA.
When schools shift, finances always are an issue. For U of L, the ACC will offer upgraded competition in many sports.
For WKU, what happens remains in the future.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.