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Pitt And Syracuse Are In, Is UConn Next?

According to a report on, UConn president Susan Herbst is aggressively pushing to get UConn into the ACC as the conference's 15th or 16th member.  Rumors have been flying since early last week that as many as ten programs had contacted the ACC about potential membership.

The defection of Pittsburgh and Syracuse likely spells the end of the Big East as a major conference entity and most, if not all of the remaining schools are following the same path as UConn in trying to find a viable home for their programs.

More on UConn after the jump.

Early Sunday morning, ACC commissioner John Swofford held a conference call to announce the additions of the two new schools, and when asked about the potential of expanding to 16 teams in the future he stated that the conference is comfortable at 14 but not opposed to future expansion.

Earlier rumors have stated that Texas is also in preliminary discussions regarding ACC membership, but no offer has been put forth by either side because of complications regarding Texas' newly formed Longhorn Network, the future destination of Big 12 rival Oklahoma, and the reported requirement that Texas be accompanied by another Big 12 school (reportedly either Texas Tech or Kansas).