So much for Southern hospitality.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2013 college football season, but when they arrived in Greensboro, N.C., for their first ACC media days, the conference didn't even have enough slots for them on the preseason media ballot.
North Carolina sports talk radio host David Glenn tweeted out the ballot on Sunday that featured just 12 teams, even though the additions of Pitt and Syracuse make 14 for the conference (h/t Matt Lombardi of College Spun):
Though the two programs are surely glad to have exited the Big East, this wasn't the warmest of welcomes from the ACC at an event that is considered to be the unofficial start to the new season.
Neither the Orange nor the Panthers are expected to seriously compete for the conference crown, but a line on the ballot would be nice. To be fair, the conference realignment situation can be confusing, particularly for the ACC.
While Pitt and Syracuse are joining for 2013, Louisville won't be joining the conference until 2014. Additionally, Notre Dame will be leaving the Big East for partial membership in the conference in 2014, though the Irish will play only five ACC games per season.
Also in 2014, Maryland will be leaving to join the Big Ten Conference.
The befouled ballot was likely just a simple mistake of one person in the ACC media relations department.
Eventually, the mistake was remedied, as reported by ESPN's Brett McMurphy and seen in a tweet from ESPN Radio host Adam Gold.
ACC just passed out new ballots for media to vote for league finish. Original ballots only had 6 teams per division— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 21, 2013
My preseason ACC ballot. Fight amongst yourselves. http://t.co/X4cHthGQ0f— Adam Gold (@AGoldFan) July 21, 2013
Oversights like this happen, and this shows even conferences need some time to prepare for the regular season.