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National Sports

July 2, 2013

ACC moves up to 15 schools

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NEW YORK —

“From an athletic perspective, I think it’s more than fair to say this is the strongest collection of basketball programs that has ever been assembled in one conference,” Swofford said. “And our potential from a football standpoint is truly unlimited.”

On the football side, Louisville is coming off one of its most successful seasons, capped by a victory against Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Syracuse and Pittsburgh haven’t been made much noise nationally in football for most of the last decade, though Fisher said ACC football is better with the arrival of the Panthers and Orange this year and Cardinals next.

“You’re talking about a league that can compete for national championships,” said Fisher, whose Seminoles are the defending ACC champions and finished No. 10 in the country last season.

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