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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 09/17/2011

Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver does not deny reports of Syracuse, Pitt interest in ACC

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Saturday afternoon he would not deny reports that Syracuse and Pittsburgh have formally sent letters of application to join the ACC. Weaver also wouldn’t deny that the ACC has raised its exit fee to $20 million, a development he had hinted at in recent weeks.

When approached Saturday afternoon before the Hokies’ football game against Arkansas State, Weaver said he won’t confirm the reports either, because he was not in attendance at last week’s ACC presidents meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

Weaver had no further comment because the ACC has instructed all of the conference’s athletic directors to direct media inquiries regarding conference expansion to the league’s office.

UPDATED 2:49 P.M.: Weaver was on Virginia Tech’s pregame show. Find out what he had to say after the jump.

On Pitt and Syracuse applying to ACC:

“I can tell you this that I think Pittsburgh and Syracuse would make good conference members in the Big Ten. They’d make good conference members in the ACC. They’ve been good conference members in the Big East. We’ll have to see how it unfolds. But boy there’s just so much going on with this conference realignment right now. 

On exit fee.

“That is true, and I have believed that that will certainly help solidy the Atlantic Coast Conference. Everybody’s on board. We’ve said for the last two weeks we’re a very solid group of institutions in the ACC and we want to move forward and be the best we can be and that’s what we’re gonna do.

 ACC being proactive instead of reactive?

“I don’t know. It’s so difficult because so many different things have to be taken into account. The sooner it can all be settled the better. I’d rather be proactive than reactive in doing business that way, and I think some things will take shape in the not so distant future.”

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:18 PM ET, 09/17/2011

 
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