Here is a statement from Clemson basektball coach Brad Brownell on the ACC’s annoucnement of Pitt and Syracuse joining the conference:
This certainly strengthens our league, and reaffirms the ACC as the best basketball league in the country. We’ve added two of the better programs in the Big East and brought a great deal of attention to our league right now.
Jim Boeheim is a Hall of Fame coach and has won a national championship. Jamie Dixon has done an unbelievable job at Pittsburgh; they’ve been one of the top programs in the Big East ever since he took over.
The move certainly gives our conference more of a presence in the Northeast. That should help everyone in terms of recruiting in that area. At the same time, our league will be exposed to television markets it has not been in the past.