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Back in 2011 Brett McMurphy sent out the following tweet

At least that tweet seems to be the source material for various websites that decided to do an article as to why WVU was rejected by the ACC. Some of the articles referenced actions by WVU fans, but then also noted how all schools have good and bad fans. The next reason they gave was academics. Below is an example of that academic reason.

"A more likely reason the university was turned down by the ACC lies in their academics. With the additions of Pitt and Syracuse, the ACC is soon to be made up of 14 universities. All 14 can be found inside the top 101 (North Carolina State and Florida State are tied with ten other universities at #101) of US News' National University Rankings It is outstanding for an entire conference to be that academically inclined. And another team in which the ACC is reportedly interested, Connecticut, is also in the top 100 as well. That would give the conference almost 20% of the top 100 national universities in the country. West Virginia? They're #164 on the list. While that's not a bad ranking when looking at the country as a whole, it is a big gap compared to all of the ACC's other members."

It is possible that Brett McMurphy was given false information or made it up. However, I have not come across any follow up articles that suggest academics wasn't a reason the ACC rejected WVU's interest to join the conference. If academics was the reason, then I haven't found anyone to get Swofford or any other ACC official to go on the record to confirm it.

(In response to this post by Pylons)

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Posted: 03/08/2018 at 12:04AM


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Current Thread:
Hypothetical -- SoCloseHokie 03/06/2018 07:58AM
  Academically, the Big 10 (14) but.... -- Old Line Hokie 03/06/2018 3:58PM
  If schools start deciding that academic conferences -- VTHokie2000 03/06/2018 12:23PM
  B1G and it’s not even close..... -- CrystalCoveHokie 03/06/2018 09:15AM
  You are correct ** -- Hamburger 03/07/2018 05:40AM
  I think you are spot on... -- 2hhoop3 03/06/2018 11:25AM
  Athletics wouldn't be a driver -- Pylons 03/06/2018 11:20AM
  ACC is and should be home! ** -- Lakeridgehokie 03/06/2018 09:12AM
  I agree but it was hypothetical ** -- SoCloseHokie 03/06/2018 09:48AM
  Either would suck for the fans -- EDGEMAN 03/06/2018 08:55AM
  Rutgers vs BC - Not sure they is any win in that! ** -- Lakeridgehokie 03/06/2018 10:37AM
  That would be a whole lot of fun. ** -- reestuart 03/06/2018 1:12PM
  Much prefer ACC. Want nothing to do with SEC. ** -- reestuart 03/06/2018 08:03AM
  I guess I still don't equate "us" with the ACC. -- MP4VT2004 03/23/2018 10:24PM
  I should have included the TIC in that post. ** -- Byting Gobbler 03/27/2018 10:28PM

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