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Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross Says ACC 'Great Fit' For Orange

Syracuse University athletic director Daryl Gross says the school’s move to the Atlantic Coast Conference is a ‘great fit’ for the Orange. Gross made the remark during a radio appearance on The Score 1260 in Syracuse with Dan Tortora.

Here are some excerpts of the interview, courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews:

When did everything come together for a decision that it was time to move to a new conference?:

“I think it’s been a long, long, long process. When I say long, let me put some time-frame on it. When you go back to when the Big Ten announced and made a formal announcement that they were going to evaluate their conference, I think that was a time where folks started to do some self-evaluation of their own institutions. … When you start thinking about all the topics in college athletics, budgets not balancing, and those types of things, everybody’s looking at the long-term. … We’ve been doing this for a long time and we came to the conclusion that we were well-prepared to either enhance our own conference or we would be attractive for someone else if something started to move in the country. … It’s tough leaving the Big East and the history there, but it’s going to be a different world when we wake up in the next few months here. I think it’s great we were proactive and able to move fast.”

What does this move mean for Syracuse?:

“Academically, it’s a great fit. I like to call it … the Ivy League of the BCS schools. I really believe that. … It’s the big picture really. And it’s nice that we happen to have the same common interests athletically.”

How competitive will your football and basketball teams be in the ACC?:

“We went out and played a good Southern California football team … and they’ve got the best talent in the country. … We’re very proud of our team because, except for a couple of big plays, we’re able to physically hang in there with them. … We think football-wise … we’re going to be a great contender in the ACC. Obviously, in basketball, where we’re well-more established as far as recruiting and talent and Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim, I think we have a chance to be the cream of the ACC as well.”

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Syracuse Bolts Big East For ACC; Rutgers Might Not Be Far Behind

Syracuse University and Pittsburgh will be moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Rutgers University might not be far behind, as several reports indicated that the school had inquired about the possibility of moving from the Big East Conference to the ACC.

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti told reporters that the school was ““engaged with several parties” as the conference structure around college football continues to change.

“We continue to be well positioned as the landscape continues to shift," Pernetti said. "You could evaluate that from your perspective however you want to evaluate that.”

The New York Times reported Sunday that 10 teams, including Rutgers and the University of Connecticut, had inquired about joining the ACC if the league should decide to expand from 14 teams — which it reached with the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh — to 16.

— See SB Nation’s Rutgers website, On The Banks, for more about the Scarlet Knights.

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Syracuse University To ACC: What Just Happened And What's Next?

-- SB Nation's Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is the place to find full Syracuse University reactions.
-- Check out, Big East Coast Bias for its reaction to the breaking news.

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