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Duke AD Kevin White on expansion: "Louisville clearly was the best option"

 

Kevin White has been Duke's athletic director since 2008. Credit: DUKE UNIVERSITY

Before Duke took down yet another top-five opponent in Ohio State, athletic director Kevin White gave a few thoughts on the ACC's recent expansion and the future of the league going forward. Here's a Q & A.

What was it about Louisville that made it the best fit?

"They have a national program. They’re really good in not only the high-profile sports but also the Olympic sports. They’re good in everything. They won an awful lot of championships in the Big East. They’ve invested really well, they’ve got great facilities, they’re really committed. They’ll bring an energy and vitality to the league and be highly competitive."

Did Maryland’s departure make it important to find a viable athletic replacement?

"I would say it was a decision driven by institutional quality in every way. Louisville is an emerging academic public institution. Its profile seems to have been enhanced an awful lot since I was around them in the Big East (White was the athletic director at Notre Dame from 2000-2008). They’ve invested well. It’s a school that has come a long way in the past two decades."

What do you think about further expansion?

Duke AD Kevin White on the TV possibilities for the ACC

DURHAM—Duke athletic director took a few minutes to share some thoughts on the addition of Louisville to the ACC. I'll have more updates late tonight after Duke plays Ohio State, but here are White's thoughts on the TV aspects of the revitalized ACC.

On the possibility of the ACC creating its own network:

"We are pursuing it and taking a good hard look at it. I don’t know how it will play out, but we are in the early stages of that. It’s an interest area of mine, it’s an interest area of (Duke associate athletic director) Jon (Jackson’s), so we are working on that at Duke as well just to be a good partner with the ACC. I’d love to see us do a really deep dive and explore the possibility of whether that makes sense for the ACC."

On the possibility of the ACC adopting a grant-of-rights TV clause, like the Big 12 has (essentially, if a school would choose to leave the conference, its media rights and revenue would remain with the conference for an agreed upon length of time:

"That’s something I think we’ve got to continue to explore."

As I said, check back late tonight (well, more like early tomorrow morning) after the Duke basketball game for all of Kevin White's thoughts. 

Three Points: N.C. State 56, Boston College 51

Three Points from Wednesday's 56-51 win at Boston College:

1) Body language counts

When Richard Howell, Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie slumped their shoulders, dropped their heads and sloughed off to the locker room at halftime, they were greeted with a warning from N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried.

"I told them that is not acceptable and we won't do that — and we have not done that any night this year," Gottfried said. "We were allowing things to bother us. Mentally, we were out of synch."

Syracuse, Pitt add possibilities to ACC

Pittsburgh and Syracuse are leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move ACC commissioner John Swofford said will strengthen the conference as its membership grows to 14.

The ACC announced the news Sunday morning and held a telephone conference with reporters to explain the move.

Big East bylaws call for each of the schools to pay a $5 million exit fee to the Big East and wait 27 months before departing. Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the school plans to comply with those bylaws, but is open to an earlier, negotiated departure that wouldn’t leave the school with an extended lame duck status in the Big East.

Syracuse, Pittsburgh, could soon join the ACC

Updated 9:35 p.m.

Big East schools Syracuse and Pittsburgh have signaled their intentions to join the ACC as the conference’s 13th and 14th members.

A high-ranking ACC source said Saturday on condition of anonymity that both universities have sent letters of application to the ACC. The schools’ additions would have to be approved by nine of the 12 ACC presidents, and signs Saturday pointed toward both schools joining the conference.

N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson said the ACC will hold a news conference Sunday or Monday. Woodson said the 12 ACC presidents are unified on expansion, but he wouldn’t say whether they have voted on Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

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