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I like Louisville to the ACC

I've been a fan of Pitt athletics since I was a kid.

I've grown accustomed to failures and shortcomings the past 25 or so years, so it's hard to not take a cynical view of things.

When Maryland announced it was leaving the ACC and moving to the Big 10, it seemed like a minor loss for Pitt fans. Maryland football is nothing exceptional, but the basketball program could excite.

Today, announced the ACC has landed Louisville to replace Maryland.

As a Pitt fan, that's good news.

I think Louisville is an upgrade in football and turns the ACC into a superior basketball conference.

In fact, I think the new ACC will be better than the Big East's basketball conference, which, before the defections, might have been the best ever.


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