Reports: Louisville latest leaving Big East for ACC
No surprise, but another domino has fallen in conference realignment, with the ACC again looting the Big East for its lineup -- Louisville was formally invited to join the league Wednesday, making it six Big East schools leaving to join the ACC.
The Big East had anticipated such a move, announcing the addition of Tulane and East Carolina on Tuesday; those two in 2014 will offset the loss of Rutgers to the Big Ten and Louisville to the ACC, where it will replace Maryland.
Louisville is a key loss for the Big East in both football and basketball, and the question now is whether this ends another round of realignment or whether the major conferences will stand down after the most recent additions. USF's best hopes for a change would be if the Big 12 -- now at just 10 teams -- seeks to expand and can lure Florida State away from the ACC, leaving that conference with a need for a Florida presence.