The ACC will be adding the Louisville Cardinals to their conference in an effort to replace Maryland, who is heading to the Big Ten, and all-in-all, this is a good move for college football recruiting.
Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com reports on the move:
Louisville will officially join the Atlantic Coast Conference, becoming the sixth former Big East school to leave for the ACC.
The ACC's presidents and chancellors voted to add the Cardinals on Wednesday morning to replace Maryland, which will leave for the Big Ten in 2014.
McMurphy also went on to explain the reasons the ACC chose Louisville:
The ACC felt Louisville was the best choice because of its "aggressive approach" to success, including a commitment to "marquee athletics programs," a source told ESPN. The recent additions of Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame -- which joins in all sports except football but has a scheduling partnership with the conference in that sport -- make the ACC feel as though it is "in a position of strength," the source said.
The expansion is good for the ACC in a general sense, but how is this going to impact the world of college football recruiting specifically?
The ACC is certainly not a college football "power conference" by any means, at least when compared to the other conferences, but by adding Louisville, they're bringing in a school that does have a notable football program with a ton of potential.
Not many will disagree that Louisville is much more of a basketball school than anything else, but there was a point where the Cardinals were ranked as high as No. 9 in the BCS standings (Week 11) this season, so they are in no way irrelevant in football.
Their football program is also coached by Charlie Strong, who's in his third season with Louisville and has gained a ton of notoriety for the success he's had there—despite back to back losses to Syracuse and Connecticut.
At the very least, the ACC is adding another program that should be able to compete with the likes of Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Georgia Tech in the conference, and that will be big help when it comes to upping the quality of ACC football.
From a pure recruiting standpoint, the ACC will also be adding the state of Kentucky to the list of states in which their programs have a foothold, and it's one that does produce some very good football players.
This is great for the ACC.
Louisville will help raise the quality of football in the conference, and they'll provide the conference with a pipeline to some very talented football players.
A stronger ACC is also great for recruiting as a whole, as it will draw more elite recruits to the ACC, which will lead to more parity and balance within the conferences over time. This will lead to a higher quality of football throughout the nation, not just in one or two regions, and that's great for recruiting.
Overall, Louisville moving to the ACC will have a very positive impact on college football recruiting.
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