One by one, athletic directors in the ACC are publicly reiterating their commitment to the ACC. Miami's Shawn Eichorst is the latest in that line. Eichorst issued a lengthy statement today, but the most important line was, "we have not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences."
Of course, it doesn't say the university wouldn't entertain the idea, should another conference come calling. Clemson certainly would.
What we're hearing from ACC officials now is exactly what you would expect them to say: that they are committed to the league, that the ACC is wonderful, and of course, that they've got to do what's in the best interest of their program, including exploring all options. They have mastered the art of commitment, while at the same time leaving the door open for change.
Here is Eichorst's full statement:
We are so fortunate at Miami. Our University, under past and present visionary leadership and with an 87-year history of achievement, is strong in our foundation and in our beliefs. It allows us to stay steady when there are stormy seas, and that core strength holds us together today more than ever.
Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004, the University of Miami has worked hard to measure up to the high academic and athletic standards set by our peers, and we could not be more proud than to call the ACC our home. We are confident in our progress and in our accomplishments, yet there is still much work to be done. We are committed to the ACC, and to doing our part to continue the tradition of excellence across the board. In that regard, we have not engaged in any formal or informal discussions with any other conferences.
The additions of the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University, as well as the new exclusive television partnership with ESPN, signal the very strength and nationwide appeal of the ACC. Fans will be able to watch more ACC sports and more ACC games in more ways than ever before with the most powerful brand in sports behind us. This is an exciting time to be a part of the ACC, and we are honored and humbled to be among its members.