University of Louisville joins the ACC and Tulane, East Carolina University joins the Big East

November 28, 2012


ACC extends formal invitation for membership to the University of Louisville

Council of Presidents unanimously approve to accept the Cardinals

Atlantic Coast Conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Louisville as its newest member. The vote followed the submission of Louisville’s letter of application. “With the addition of the University of Louisville, the ACC continues to be well positioned for the future competing at the highest level in all facets of the collegiate experience,” said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. “The ACC continues to be a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics.” “The University of Louisville will be a terrific member of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said University of North Carolina Chancellor Holden Thorp, chair of the ACC Council of Presidents. “We welcome them as full partners into the ACC.”

“With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition to the Atlantic Coast Conference and I commend the Council of Presidents for continuing to position our league for the long-term future. If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse.”

“The University of Louisville is honored to join the ACC, a conference with a long history of excellence in athletics and academics,” said Dr. James Ramsey, President, University of Louisville. “The ACC will be a great home for UofL and our commitment to great academics, groundbreaking research and top-notch athletic teams.” “When it became apparent to us that we needed to make a move, the ACC is the perfect fit for us and we are so elated to be joining this prestigious conference,” said Tom Jurich, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “Under John Swofford’s leadership, the ACC continues to prosper. We sincerely appreciate this opportunity. This will open so many more doors for us both athletically for all of our sports programs, and academically for our university. What I really like about this move is it’s terrific for our fans, with the proximity of the institutions and we never have to leave the Eastern time zone. This is a credit to everyone at the University of Louisville and our community, as we have all pulled together to position ourselves for this opportunity. It’s amazing what has happened here over the last 15 years. We appreciate so much what the BIG EAST Conference has meant to us.”

Video: Louisville joining ACC


Video: ESPN Louisville big addition to ACC


University of Louisville

Source: University of Louisville

Enrollment: over 22,000

Jefferson Seminary open the fall of 1813, and in 1829 it closed. The Louisville Medical Institute (LMI), chartered in 1833, opened in 1837, and the Louisville Collegiate Institute (LCI) was chartered the same year. In 1840 LCI was renamed Louisville College and in 1844 it inherited the portion of the estate of Jefferson Seminary designated for the use of higher education in Louisville.

LMI attracted large enrollments and prospered financially, but the college had difficulty remaining open. Proponents of grass roots democracy wanted to divert a portion of the medical school’s resources to the college. They won a partial victory in 1846, when the Kentucky legislature created the University of Louisville proper, combining the medical school, the college, and a newly created law school.

During the nineteenth century most of the professors in UofL’s medical and law schools were drawn from the ranks of local physicians and attorneys who considered teaching a part-time vocation. By the 1880s and 1890s, however, the university felt pressure from educational reformers who not only believed schools should employ full-time instructors but who also advocated well-enforced national standards for academic training. In 1907 this trend contributed to the revival of the liberal arts college, which had been all but forgotten during the second half of the century. A much more vibrant university added new programs–the Graduate School (1915), School of Dentistry (1918), Speed Scientific School (1925), University College (1928-1982), Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (1931-1951), School of Music (1932), and Kent School of Social Work (1936).

Since the late 1960s the university has added several new academic units, including the School of Education (1968), the School of Justice Administration (1969), the School of Nursing (1979), and the College of Urban and Public Affairs (1983). In 1992 the latter school was eliminated and its functions distributed to other units. In the same year the School of Justice Administration moved to the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Kent School of Social work joined the Division of Allied Health to form the new College of Health and Social Services. In 1996 the functions of the College of Health and Social Services were realigned resulting in a separate Kent School of Social Work and a School of Allied Health Sciences. By 1999 Allied Health had given way to the School of Public Health and Information Sciences. In 2001 the School of Education became the College of Education and Human Development, and in 2003 the Speed Scientific School was renamed the Speed School of Engineering.


Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium Expansion

UofL Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium expanded the existing stadium to 55,000 seats in 2010. An upper deck will be constructed on the East side of the stadium.  The stadium now features nearly 13,000 additional seats consisting of 33 suites, 1,730 loge seats, 10,400 chairback seats in the upper deck and a new south terrace area.

KFC Yum! Center

22,000-seat basketball and multipurpose arena that opened on October 10, 2010


Metropolitan population: 1,440,607


Tulane, East Carolina University joining Big East

Video: ECU/Big East announcement (full press conference)


East Carolina University

Enrollment: 27,386 (fall 2011)

East Carolina Teachers Training School (ECTTS) was chartered on March 8, 1907 by the North Carolina General Assembly. The groundbreaking for the first building for the East Carolina Teachers Training School was on July 2, 1908. East Carolina Teachers Training School opened its doors on October 5, 1909, with a faculty of 7 women and 3 men and an enrollment of 104 women and 19 men.

In 1920, the General Assembly amended the school’s charter allowing for a four-year curriculum; and and on December 19, 1921, the General Assembly enacted legislation changed the name of the school to East Carolina Teachers College and authorized the school to award the Bachelor of Arts degree in education; and on August 1922, East Carolina Teachers College conferred its first baccalaureate degrees.

In 1929 the school’s trustees approved the awarding of the Master of Arts degree; and in 1951, the General Assembly approved a name change to East Carolina College.

In the fall of 1963, the first full-time African-American student enrolled without incident at East Carolina College and graduated in 1966. The college’s name was changed to East Carolina University June 29,1967, creating an independent regional university in Greenville; and in 1972, East Carolina University became a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina system.

In 1974, the General Assembly gave approval of the establishment of a four-year medical school at East Carolina University.

ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

Tulane University

Enrollment: 13,486 (Fall 2012)

Located in New Orleans, Tulane traces its origins to the Medical College of Louisiana, the Deep South’s second-oldest medical school, which was founded in 1834. By 1847, the Medical College was part of the newly established public institution, the University of Louisiana.

Tulane emerged as a private university in 1884 when the public University of Louisiana was reorganized and named in honor of benefactor Paul Tulane, a wealthy merchant who donated more than $1 million in land, cash and securities “for the promotion and encouragement of intellectual, moral and industrial education.” A native of Princeton, N.J., Paul Tulane had made his fortune in New Orleans and his gift expressed his appreciation to this Southern city on the Mississippi River. In 1886, the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College was established for women as part of the university. Newcomb-Tulane College today enrolls all undergraduates at the university.

Tulane moved to its present campus on St. Charles Avenue in 1894. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans includes the School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is in Covington, La.

Tulane’s new Yulman Stadium

These designs are conceptual only. Architects continue to develop final plans for the stadium

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