Big East, Syracuse Reach Agreement On 2013 Departure For ACC

The Big East announced Monday that it has reached an agreement with Syracuse that will allow the school to leave the conference and join the ACC in July 2013.

Syracuse will pay the Big East $7.5 million (in addition to "other consideration") to extricate itself from the conference and allow the school's Orange teams to begin play in the ACC in the 2013-14 academic year. Syracuse will join the ACC on July 1, 2013.

The Big East's focus will now turn to securing a similar payment from Pittsburgh, which is in the process of joining Syracuse in its flight from the Big East to the ACC. Previous reports had the Panthers definitely not leaving the Big East for the 2012-13 season, but the Panthers leaving in 2013 might actually facilitate the Big East's own expansion.

For more on Syracuse football, visit Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, plus SB Nation New York. For more on Pittsburgh football, visit Pitt blog Cardiac Hill, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh. And for more on the Big East, go to Big East Coast Bias.

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