MORE MOVEMENT: Before we get to the hoops, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that Louisville is joining the ACC. The Cardinals become the sixth team to bolt the Big East for John Swofford’s league. Here is a short story. I’ll update with more as it comes.
UPDATE: Here’s the release from the ACC.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member. The vote followed the submission of Louisville’s letter of application.
“With the addition of the University of Louisville, the ACC continues to be well positioned for the future competing at the highest level in all facets of the collegiate experience,” said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. “The ACC continues to be a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics.”
“The University of Louisville will be a terrific member of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. “We welcome them as full partners into the ACC.”
“With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.”
“The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics,” said Dr. James Ramsey, President, University of Louisville. “The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams.”
“When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference,” said Tom Jurich, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Under John Swofford’s leadership, the ACC continues to prosper. We sincerely appreciate this opportunity. This will open so many more doors for us both athletically for all of our sports programs, and academically for our university. What I really like about this move is it’s terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone. This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity. It’s amazing what has happened here over the last 15 years. We appreciate so much what the BIG EAST Conference has meant to us.”
TECH-IOWA: Pretty fun to watch, eh? The Hokies ace their first test of the season, sprinting past Iowa 95-79 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to move to 6-0 for the first time in 30 years. Here’s Berman’s game story. And here is my column on Erick Green, who became the first Tech player since Bimbo to score 20-plus points in each of the season’s first six games.
WHAT WE LEARNED: There were a lot of ways I could have gone with that column today. James Johnson getting his first significant win. The bench players contributing, providing hope that this team can have some balance despite having only eight scholarship players. The post players hanging in there against Iowa’s big men. The new offense in general (points! points! points!) being so much fun. But Green, to me, is the biggest story of them all. He’s playing lights out, and it is no mirage. He said he wanted to be one of the best guards in the country. He’s looking like it.
WEAK SHOWING: UNC gets blown out by top-ranked Indiana. N.C. State falls at Michigan. Florida State, a favorite at home, falls to Minnesota. Wake Forest, a favorite at home, gets stomped by Nebraska. Not a great day for the ACC. The only wins were by Tech and Big Ten-bound Maryland, which won handily at Northwestern.
MORE CHANCES: The marquee game tonight is Ohio State at Duke (9:30 p.m., ESPN). Also on tap: Virginia at Wisconsin, Purdue at Clemson, Michigan State at Miami, Georgia Tech at Illinois and BC at Penn State.
WILSON’S SHOT: David Wilson’s carries with the Giants figure to increase this week after Andre Brown broke his left leg against the Packers. The Giants head to D.C. for a key NFC East matchup Monday night. This is one I really want to see.
BUSTED: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is suspended 25 games for the start of next season for testing positive for an amphetamine. He hit a career-high .325 with a .935 OPS this year.
NAME THAT TUNE
Baby, baby why can’t you sit still?
Who killed that bird out on you window sill?
Are you the reason that he broke his back?
Tell me, did I see you laugh about that?