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ESPN reports ACC to add Louisville

Brett McMurphy and Andy Katz of ESPN have reported that the ACC will vote today on whether to add Louisville to the ACC.

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Why 'UConn never really had chance" for ACC berth

Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant takes a look at the ACC's decision to add Louisville to the conference instead of UConn and although he highlights the relative strength of each school's football program, a little old fashioned networking certainly didn't hurt.

Much of the passion of Louisville fans can be traced to the success of athletic director Tom Jurich, who after 15 years at Louisville is considered one of the most powerful athletic administrators in the country. Jurich has clout with administrators, especially at Southern football schools, and he consistently sold Louisville as an attractive program over the past decade to coaches, fellow athletic directors, TV executives, anyone who mattered.

So, when Maryland left the ACC for the Big Ten and the pundits predicted that UConn - academically ranked as one of the top 25 public universities in the country - would be the school to get the ACC invitation, Jurich worked the people he knew. After he won, he said, "We were definitely the underdogs. People had UConn not penciled in, but penned in."

The consistent theme running throughout the article is that UConn simply needs to continue building its fanbase and program to the point where it will be attractive to any suitor.

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Why the ACC should choose Louisville over UConn

With the ACC looking for a new member, Connecticut and Louisville are apparently the primary targets.

Jason Kirk writes for SBNation.com that he doesn't see how there's any debate here, if you remove your orange bouncy thing colored glasses.

The ACC needs urgent football help more than it needs anything else -- the Cardinals would be the only ACC team besides Florida State and Clemson in the BCS rankings right now. The only way the ACC can show FSU and Clemson, which could also leave, that it's committed to football is to bring on a school that's proved it can supplement their bowl winnings -- that school is not UConn. Louisville has a legitimate BCS bowl win in the past decade, and could add another this year -- UConn's best team ever also might have been the worst BCS bowl team ever.

UConn has better academics and is closer to a metropolis. Banking on these things will not keep Florida State and Clemson around.

There are definitely reasons why UConn would be a better choice, but all this realignment mess is about is money and football brings that many times more than anything else.

For more on what this might mean for the Big East conference, visit our previous update in this storystream.

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What will become of the Big East conference?

Rutgers University's departure from the Big East might end up triggering a domino effect that leads to the dismantling of one of the more dominant conferences in women's college basketball in recent years (on the strength of UConn and Notre Dame's success alone, if nothing else).

Multiple reports have Boise State and San Diego State reconsidering their move to the Big East in light of recent developments, as described at SBNation.com yesterday, while BYU is also considering its move away from the MWC in light of playoff possibilities.

One of the primary reasons the Broncos and Aztecs moved to the Big East for football was the increase in television revenue. But now the Mountain West and Big East would be on equal footing for the playoffs because of the BCS' decision to grant an automatic berth to the highest ranked champion from the "Group of Five" conferences. Additionally, the Big East could be losing TV revenue with the departure of Rutgers and Louisville or Connecticut, meaning it may make more financial sense for Boise State and SDSU to remain in the Mountain West.

In addition to those potential defections, there have been rumors of the ACC now looking at either Connecticut or Louisville as a potential replacement for Maryland, which has also chosen to depart for the Big Ten with Rutgers. Mike Rutherford of SBN's Card Chronicle has outlined the pros and cons of UConn and UofL, obviously leaning toward the latter.

U of L is getting a lot of support right now from higher-ups at other universities who recognize how successful the program has been in athletics across the board (you know, like actual games, and stuff) since it joined the Big East. Also, Louisville sports make a lot of money.

There's a very easy case to be made for why Louisville should be the ACC's 14th member, but in the end it's going to come down to convincing a handful of individuals whose interests and priorities aren't clear.

Obviously, UConn is among the strongest women's basketball programs in the nation - if not the strongest - which would make the ACC a powerhouse basketball conference. But Louisville is a solid program as well and if geography ends up playing a factor in the decision - which doesn't seem like a given these days - the Cardinals might have an edge.

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