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Louisville invited to join ACC

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Louisville will leave the Big East and join the ACC as the conference's 14th member after the league's council of presidents unanimously voted to accept the school on Wednesday.

Louisville will replace Maryland, which will leave for the Big Ten in 2014.

Connecticut and Cincinnati were also in consideration by the conference.

"With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league's culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse."

The Cardinals' football team is currently 9-2 on the season, including a nine- game win streak before dropping the last two, and will close out their regular season against Rutgers on Thursday with a chance to capture the Big East title and earn a BCS bowl bid for the third straight year.

Louisville's basketball team is a yearly contender in the NCAA Tournament under coach Rick Pitino and is 5-1 this season.

They are coming off a 30-10 campaign in 2011-12, advancing as far as the Final Four in the tournament before getting knocked out by eventual champion Kentucky.

"The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics," Louisville president Dr. James Ramsey said. "The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams."

11/28 11:19:28 ET

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