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?