Syracuse to leave Big East for ACC in July 2013

Syracuse University will leave the Big East conference on July 1, 2013, both the University and the Conference announced Monday morning. Syracuse will join the ACC and will pay the Big East $7.5 million.

“We look forward to the new academic and athletic partnerships and the extraordinary competitive opportunities that membership in the ACC offers,” said SU Athletics Director Daryl Gross in a release. “We are excited about both our final season in the Big East and our long-term future with the ACC.”

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Syracuse and Pittsburgh both accepted offers to join the ACC in September. It is still unclear when the Panthers will be joining Syracuse in the switch. The Big East also lost West Virginia to the Big 12 in realignment.

To make up for the losses, the Big East accepted Temple, Memphis, SMU, Central Florida and Houston as full time members while Navy, Boise State and San Diego State will join as football-only members.

“This closes a chapter and opens a new one filled with exciting possibilities for the Big East’s future. With the recent addition of eight schools to the Big East, the future for the Conference has never been brighter,” said Big East Interim Commissioner Joe Bailey.

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