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MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Expansion news is heating up once again! According to Brett McMurphy, current ACC members Clemson, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech have come together to form the “Magnificent 7” and met with lawyers to examine grant-of-rights to determine just how unbreakable it is. The current Grant of Rights ACC deal runs through 2036.

Apparently all seven are very unhappy with the current deal and are exploring ways to get out of the ACC. Those seven schools are ready to exit, according to The Swaim Show, and just need an 8th team to join in order to end it. The Swaim Show went on to say that the Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark is “well aware of the situation and is acting accordingly.”

If the ACC falls apart, several former Big East schools like Pitt, Syracuse, Boston College and Louisville would be left searching for a new home. If the Big 12 sweeps in and grabs those four schools, they could potentially form an eastern division of the conference with geographic and traditional rivals for West Virginia.

Stay tuned to The Voice of Morgantown for all the latest, breaking news on conference realignment!  


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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.