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Big East Wants Meeting

June 12, 2003|Associated Press

Big East presidents sent letters to their Atlantic Coast Conference counterparts Wednesday, seeking a meeting about their expansion plans and urging them not to "rush to judgment."

The Big East schools want to know more about the plans to invite Miami, Boston College and Syracuse to the ACC, so the presidents asked Clemson's James Barker, the chair of the ACC presidents, to arrange the meeting.

"We feel quite certain that no ACC president or chancellor would want to rush to judgment on such a potentially harmful plan without having complete information, and we believe we have insights to share that could not be effectively communicated by anyone else," the Big East presidents wrote in the letter obtained by Associated Press.

ACC leaders received the letter Wednesday afternoon, hours before they held a 2 1/2-hour teleconference to discuss the plan. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said no vote was taken Wednesday and the presidents' next call would take place "no sooner than early next week."

On Tuesday, ACC presidents discussed the matter for more than two hours, but did not vote.

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