ACC Takes A Step Forward With Addition Of Louisville

North Carolina native Montrezl Harrell will finish his Louisville career with games in his home state. - Andy Lyons

Out with the old, in with the successful.

Tuesday is Upgrade Day for the ACC, so welcome to Louisville!

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As a bonus, the Cards bring Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence, who seems pretty excited about her team being in the ACC.

So we get Lawrence and Maryland gets Rutgers. Seems like a reasonable deal, all things considered.

Aside from very solid football and basketball programs, men's and women's, Louisville also brings a tremendous arena, passionate fans, the highest rated market for college basketball for 12 years. Add that to the top 3 markets of Raleigh-Durham and Greensboro, and it's a good thing.

It's too bad to not have a team in the Baltimore-DC market, but John Swofford is a guy who tends to think outside of the box, so how's this?

Con Georgetown into moving football up to D-1 and add them. Why not? Fifteen or 16, it's already huge. What's one more?

Hoya football couldn't be any worse than Maryland's.

On the other hand, if finances even out at some point, maybe the ACC, with Lousville, Duke and UNC, might prove really interesting to Kentucky, a school with minimal football passion.

For now, though, it's Louisville. It'll be an adjustment, but in the long run, it should prove a fruitful marriage.

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