Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame* are now official members of the ACC. Commissioner John Swofford gave the three schools their official welcome to the conference at a news conference in New York City Monday afternoon.
This brings the ACC to 15 schools. The map will change again next year when Louisville joins the league and Maryland leaves for the Big 10. Swofford has said on multiple occasions that the league is comfortable holding at 15 teams.
During his introduction/welcome of Pitt, Syracuse and Notre Dame* Swofford stressed the new academic and athletic strength the league gets with its new members. He underscored the ACC’s claim as the premier basketball conference in the country.
-*Notre Dame isn’t joining the ACC as a football member. The Fighting Irish will remain an independent on the gridiron. They will play five “non-conference games” against ACC team each season and will be eligible for ACC bowl bids. Since Notre Dame is too good (in their mind) to join a conference in football I have decided to mock them with an asterisks until they go “all-in” with a conference. That will probably happen around the same time Manti Te’o’s girlfriend shows up at a party with him.
Below you can listen to Swofford’s welcome of the ACC’s newest members (and Notre Dame).