Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage issued a statement Tuesday night in an effort to squash rumors that his school is interested in leaving the ACC.
In the wake of the Big Ten adding ACC member Maryland and Big East member Rutgers last week, there has been speculation that the Big Ten might look at UVa and other ACC schools in an effort to expand further.
“During the past week there have been numerous reports and rumors linking the University of Virginia to interest in membership in other athletic conferences. Due to the recent changes that have taken place with conference realignment around the nation, I think it is important for us to put an end to this speculation as it relates to UVa,” Littlepage wrote in his statement, which was e-mailed to reporters.
“The University of Virginia is a proud member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Neither representatives of the athletics department, nor President Teresa Sullivan, has received invitations to nor sought membership in other conferences. The ACC’s commitment to its members and their student-athletes is the finest in the country. We look forward to continuing this relationship far into the future. Our goal is to continue supporting the ACC and its initiatives for long-term success.
“I have expressed this stance to ACC Commissioner John Swofford, and I want totake this opportunity to express that same commitment to our alumni, fans, supporters, student-athletes and coaches. We firmly stand behind the Atlantic Coast Conference.”