Morgantown, West Virginia – Moments ago, the ACC, Big Ten and Pac 12 Commissioners held a joint press conference to announce an alliance between the three conferences.
“The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 recognize the unique environment and challenges currently facing intercollegiate athletics, and we are proud and confident in this timely and necessary alliance that brings together like-minded institutions and conferences focused on the overall educational missions of our preeminent institutions,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “The alliance will ensure that the educational outcomes and experiences for student-athletes participating at the highest level of collegiate athletics will remain the driving factor in all decisions moving forward.”
“Student-athletes have been and will remain the focal point of the Big Ten, ACC and PAC-12 Conferences” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “Today, through this alliance, we furthered our commitment to our student-athletes by prioritizing our academics and athletics value systems. We are creating opportunities for student-athletes to have elite competition and are taking the necessary steps to shape and stabilize the future of college athletics.”
“The historic alliance announced today between the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten is grounded in a commitment to our student-athletes,” said Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff. “We believe that collaborating together we are stronger in our commitment to addressing the broad issues and opportunities facing college athletics.”
The Pac-12, ACC and Big 10 schools announce an official alliance. https://t.co/oQJwZHenMe
— Claudette Montana Pattison (@claudette_mp) August 24, 2021
Earlier today, former Pitt head coach and current Fox Sports football analyst reported that he “heard West Virginia is going to the ACC” during Fox meetings last week in Phoenix, Arizona.
There are a lot of moving parts right now, but West Virginia appears to be headed right where it needs to be for future success for years to come!