Stanford joins Atlantic Coast Convention

It’s official: Stanford College is ready to hitch the Atlantic Coast Convention, in line with a Friday morning announcement.

Stanford has competed within the Pac-12 since 1918 however will enter the ACC as newcomers alongside Cal and SMU within the 2024-25 college 12 months.

The East Coast-based convention beforehand rejected the notion of enlargement: three days of conferences in early August culminated with within the member colleges voting towards extending invites to Stanford and Cal. 

Monetary agreements behind the scenes led to a distinct final result this time round. SMU will obtain no ACC media rights income for its first 9 years of membership whereas Stanford and Cal recieve a “considerably” lowered income share in early years. In response to reporting from The Athletic, Stanford will probably begin at a 30% income share for the primary seven years, earlier than incremental will increase to 100% in 12 months 10. 

The transfer is certainly one of many by Energy 5 conferences over the previous 18 months, virtually all a direct results of multi-billion greenback media rights offers between conferences and media companions. From 2016 to 2022, the ACC, SEC, Large 10 and Large 12 efficiently negotiated new media rights offers that stretch by way of not less than 2030, leaving the Pac-12 as the one main convention and not using a new deal.

The convention’s present deal expires in 2024 and present negotiations for a brand new deal have failed to realize traction particularly with respected media companions. Amid looming uncertainty, USC and UCLA introduced a bombshell transfer from the Pac-12 to the Large 10 Convention in June 2022. Since then, the Pac-12 has been decimated by members leaping ship. 

Colorado introduced its return to the Large 12 in late July, the convention it belonged to previous to becoming a member of the Pac-12 in 2011. Not lengthy after in early August, Oregon and Washington — each founding colleges when the Pac-8 was created in 1915 — left behind their storied histories for the Large Ten. Arizona, Arizona State and Utah introduced their strikes to the Large 12 the next week. 

Stanford remained within the highlight as they looked for a brand new dwelling, with solely 4 colleges remaining within the Pac-12. There was hypothesis Stanford would reply with a transfer to the Large 10, Mountain West Convention, and even go unbiased, however these rumors had been hushed with Friday’s announcement.

The ACC is now the second Energy 5 convention with members on each the West Coast and East Coast, becoming a member of the Large 10 and giving faculty athletics a really completely different make-up than just some years in the past. Convention realignment has given rise to debate round journey required for student-athletes, a related dialogue for Stanford college students almost 3,000 miles away from the alternative coast. 

Jerry Yang, Richard Saller, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Bernard Muir and Condoleezza Rice addressed considerations about journey within the College’s Friday announcement.

“We anticipate that 22 of Stanford’s 36 sports activities will see both no scheduling impacts or minimal scheduling impacts,” they wrote. For the opposite 14 sports activities, they wrote that the College will work “with the ACC to optimize scheduling to reduce the impacts of journey.”

In response to the announcement, the College intends to have interaction with school and the ACC to assist college students’ tutorial success.

The transition won’t go into impact till 2024, leaving the Pac-12 yet another 12 months with Stanford and different departing members. With the departure of Stanford, Cal and SMU, the 108-year-old convention will then solely embrace Oregon State and Washington State.