ACC considering Rutgers?

The ACC grew to 14 schools on Sunday with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but the conference might not be done with its expansion.

An ACC official told USA Today that Rutgers and Connecticut would be candidates if the league decides to expand further to 16 teams.

Considering the questions that still remain throughout the rest of the BCS conferences, commissioner John Swofford said the ACC has not ruled out increasing membership to 16 teams. Swofford declined to elaborate on what other schools have approached the conference about potential membership, but that he would likely continue talking to them, "probably, to some degree."

"We're very comfortable with this 14," Swofford said. "The only thing I would add to that is we are not philosophically opposed to 16. But for now we're very pleased with this 14. We think it's an excellent group."

Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said his school remained "a committed member of the Big East."

"We ... will continue to explore all of our options and do what's best for Rutgers," he said.

Meanwhile, UConn president Susan Herbst is aggressively pursuing membership in the ACC to become the 15th or 16th member institution in the conference, a source with direct knowledge of UConn's situation told ESPN.

The exact date for the move remains uncertain, as Big East bylaws require schools to pay a $5 million exit fee and give 27 months notice before leaving. Swofford said the league "fully respects" the bylaws of the Big East, but Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the Big East provides options for withdrawal.

Information from ESPN.com's Heather Dinich and ESPNNewYork.com's Kieran Darcy was used in this report.