The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has voted to extend invitations to Southern Methodist University (SMU), the University of California, Berkeley (Cal), and Stanford University to join the conference, pushing the league to 18 teams.
The invitations are subject to the schools’ Boards of Trustees approving the move. SMU, Cal, and Stanford are all expected to accept the invitations.
The move comes as the ACC seeks to expand its reach and compete with other major conferences, such as the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The ACC has been losing ground to these conferences in recent years, and the addition of SMU, Cal, and Stanford would give the ACC a stronger foothold in the West Coast.
SMU is a private research university located in Dallas, Texas. Cal is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. Stanford is a private research university located in Stanford, California.
All three schools are members of the Pac-12 Conference. SMU and Cal have been members of the Pac-12 since 1925 and 1959, respectively. Stanford joined the Pac-12 in 1915.
The move to the ACC would be a major shift for all three schools. SMU, Cal, and Stanford would all be leaving the Pac-12, which has been their home for decades. However, the ACC is a more prestigious conference, and the move would give the schools a chance to compete for national championships.
The addition of SMU, Cal, and Stanford would be a significant boost for the ACC. The schools are all located in major media markets, and they would add a lot of revenue to the conference. The move would also make the ACC more competitive in the College Football Playoff.
The ACC is expected to formally announce the additions of SMU, Cal, and Stanford in the coming weeks. The schools are expected to begin competing in the ACC in the 2024-2025 season.
Here are some additional details about the ACC’s decision to extend invitations to SMU, Cal, and Stanford:
- The decision was made by the ACC’s Presidents and Chancellors.
- The invitations are subject to the schools’ Boards of Trustees approving the move.
- SMU, Cal, and Stanford are all expected to accept the invitations.
- The move is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.
- The schools are expected to begin competing in the ACC in the 2024-2025 season.
The move by the ACC is a major development in the college sports landscape. It is a sign that the ACC is willing to make bold moves in order to compete with other major conferences. The addition of SMU, Cal, and Stanford would be a major boost for the ACC, and it would make the conference a more attractive destination for top recruits and coaches.