The Cal Bears, SMU Mustangs, and Stanford Cardinal will be part of the Atlantic Coast Convention for the 2024 season, the convention announced Friday.
“We’re thrilled to welcome three world-class establishments to the ACC, and we sit up for having them compete as a part of our superb league,” mentioned ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “All through the analysis course of, the ACC Board of Administrators, led by President Ryan, was deliberate in prioritizing the absolute best athletic and tutorial expertise for our student-athletes and in guaranteeing that the three universities would strengthen the league in all potential methods. Cal, SMU and Stanford will likely be terrific members of the ACC and we’re proud to welcome their student-athletes, coaches, workers and full campus group, alumni and followers.”
Cal has been a part of the iterations of the Pac-12 because it grew to become the Pacific Coast Convention in 1916. The Golden Bears have 12 PCC championships, a Pac-8 title, and a Pac-10 crown. Stanford was a two-time member of the PCC and has been a part of the now Pac-12 since 1959. The Cardinal have eight PCC titles, two Pac-8 titles, two Pac-10 crowns, and three Pac-12 trophies.
SMU joined the American in 2013. All 11 of their convention crowns got here throughout their time within the Southwest Convention.
With the addition of Cal, SMU, and Stanford, the ACC will develop to a complete of 18 members spanning states from coast-to-coast. SMU will be part of the league July 1, 2024, whereas Cal and Stanford will enter on Aug. 2, 2024.
American Athletic Convention Commissioner Mike Aresco issued this assertion on SMU’s departure:
“SMU has shared our pursuit of competitors on the highest stage all through its time within the American Athletic Convention. President Gerald Turner and Athletic Director Rick Hart have been amongst our strongest advocates and leaders each internally and externally. We want them properly.
“We’ve got identified that right this moment’s transfer was a risk, which has allowed us time to analyze a lot of choices, together with consideration of the bigger group of establishments within the Pacific time zone. We’ve got concluded, nevertheless, that the easiest way to proceed for our excellent student-athletes is to not look westward. As an alternative, we plan to focus any growth efforts on colleges that permit for wise and sustainable competitors and student-athlete well-being inside our sturdy geographic footprint. We sit up for continued success as a number one FBS convention.”