Georgia Tech strongly denies Big Ten rumors: 'No truth'

Kevin C. Cox

Yellow Jackets officials have denied that Georgia Tech might jump conferences.

The higher-ups of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets aren't shedding much light on rumors that the Rambling Wreck might pull up stakes and bolt the ACC for the Big Ten.

Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution cites school spokesman Matt Nagel and acting GT athletic director Paul Griffin as waving aside the whispers of more conference realignment. Griffin is quoted as being unaware "of any communications between university leadership and the Big Ten or any other conference. He further told Sugiura that Georgia Tech president Bud Peterson has denied any communication with the Big Ten to Griffin, "nor does he expect [there to be] any."

The rumors come in the wake of heavy realignment in the college landscape, with Maryland and Rutgers bolting the ACC and Big East, respectively, for the Big Ten (which has now swelled to 14 teams). Meanwhile, the ACC will add Pitt, Syracuse and Louisville to its ranks, with Notre Dame joining as a non-football (and non-hockey!) member.

The Yellow Jackets are taking on the Florida St. Seminoles this Saturday in the Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

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