June 25 statement from Syracuse University regarding the ACC
June 25 statement from Syracuse University regarding the ACCJune 25, 2003Kevin Morrowkdmorrow@syr.edu
We have received word from the ACC-via a phone conversation between Jake Crouthamel and John Swofford-of the conference’s intention to extend invitations to Miami and Virginia Tech.
The media reports are accurate. We’re not completely surprised by this decision and by the fact that it leaked out. Anonymous sources have been very active throughout this whole process.
We knew all along that the principal decision would be made by the Council of Presidents. After having successfully completed the process as defined by the ACC, we are disappointed that a decision like this was made. Clearly there are issues that have come into play that outreach the quality and value of our institution and its athletic program.
Syracuse University has been a proud member of the Big East. We will work with our colleagues to help it become an even stronger conference. We have faced challenges before and we’ve always been up to the task. We will be again.