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Soft landing

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Eagles settle into new league

Following a bumpy flight that lasted more than a year and featured courtship, rejection, political hardball, vituperation from Big East supporters, and the flourishing of legal papers, the Eagles were officially welcomed to the ACC at a temperate and amicable campus luncheon on June 30.

In a Yawkey Center function room decorated with ACC team logos, reporters and officials from the University and the ACC ate a bicultural lunch of lobster and barbecue, and BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo and ACC Commissioner John Swofford held up a plaque commemorating the day when the Atlantic Coast Conference "truly does live up to our name," said Swofford.

In joining the ACC, Boston College aligns itself with one of the premier college basketball conferences—featuring Duke, UNC, NC State, and Maryland—and a football conference that includes Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech.

In the Yawkey Center, the end of the journey was greeted with pleasure by athletics administrators, who've been witnessing spikes in season-ticket sales in the months since it became known that BC was truly ACC bound. "BC Athletics is set for the next 50 years," said DeFilippo. But relief was also palpable, best expressed in DeFilippo's other mantra of the day: "All's well that ends well."

Down south, BC's entry was heralded with huzzahs. "Like Christmas and New Year's Day," said the News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina. "ACC has become toast of the coast," said the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch. Other newspapers featured welcoming quotes from coaches around the league, including Duke basketball's Mike Krzyzewski, never a fan of ACC expansion, who allowed that "Now, we are definitely the Atlantic Coast Conference," before quipping: "Can we bring Maine in?"

BC's first ACC contest will take place on September 17, with a home football game against Florida State.

Ben Birnbaum



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