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Josh Heird, Kim Schatzel make statements on ACC expansion

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 22 Pitt at Louisville Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

From U of L:

Dear Card Nation:

Moments ago, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced the formal additions of Southern Methodist University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley, beginning in the 2024-25 academic year.

The addition of these three world-class academic and athletic institutions is a transformative moment for the ACC and for the University of Louisville. Already one of the strongest athletic conferences in the country, the ACC will now truly be a nationwide power spanning from coast to coast.

This expansion will provide increased revenue to the ACC and to the University of Louisville, broaden the Cardinals brand nationally, provide greater stability for the conference and align UofL with even more of higher education’s greatest institutions. While there are still questions to be resolved in the months ahead regarding scheduling, travel and logistics, as a conference, we have worked hard to develop a plan that limits the impact on our student-athletes.

I want to express my sincere appreciation for Commissioner Phillips’ leadership as well as the partnership and dedicated work of President Schatzel, whose strong voice among her peers helped make today’s announcement a reality. Below, please see the President’s statement on today’s news.

Thank you to all of Card Nation for your continued passion and support.

Go Cards!

Josh Heird

Statement from President Schatzel:

I am delighted to welcome Southern Methodist University, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley to the ACC. These outstanding universities bring not only athletic excellence but also reputations as being among America’s finest academic institutions. Our Cardinal teams will enjoy competing against some of the nation’s best athletes, and our university will gain from the many partnerships and academic opportunities these schools will bring to the conference.

Kim Schatzel, PhD


University of Louisville