Syracuse Football: The Orange Make Deal With Big East to Leave Early

Syracuse Will Leave the Big East Earlier Than Expected

7/16/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Syracuse and the Big East have reached an agreement that will allow the Orange to leave the conference a year early and depart for the ACC in 2013, reports Erick Smith of USA Today.Blog Photo - Syracuse Football: The Orange Make Deal With Big East to Leave Early

The school's membership with the Big East will officially be terminated on July 1, 2013, and it will immediately join the ACC on the same day. In turn, the university will pay the Big East a $7.5 million departure fee.

"We look forward to the new academic and athletic partnerships and the extraordinary competitive opportunities that membership in the ACC offers," Syracuse athletic director Darryl Gross said in a statement. "We are excited about both our final season in the Big East and our long-term future with the ACC."

Syracuse made the decision to accept an offer from the ACC last September, along with conference rival Pittsburgh (which is currently involved in a lawsuit with the Big East).

The Orange are expected to compete in the Atlantic Division, where they will face Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, NC State, Wake Forest, and three teams from the Coastal Division in their inaugural season.

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2/24/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

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