George Tech Athletic Director Doug Weaver has met with athletic directors of the seven Atlantic Coast Conference schools in Washington and the Atlanta university received unanimous encouragement to join the league.
No official vote was taken but a sourse told The Washington Post that "It was clear there was no opposition in the room. It will be approved, hands down. Now the only question is whether or not Georgia Tech goes through with it."
Georgia Tech was voted down in a bid to rejoin the Southeastern Conference last year. The Yellow Jackets are a member of the Metro Seven basket ball conference and are independent in football.
The next step, according to Virginia Athletic Director Gene Corrigan, is for Georgia Tech "to determine whether it will make a formal application."
Such an application would be expected at the conference's business meetings in mid May at Myrtle Beach, S.C. It would be officially voted on by the faculty representative of each school.
"Football is so important to Georgia Tech that we must have some exploration into other areas," said Weaves. He would not say that Georgia Tech definitely wanted to join the ACC.
"I guess you could call our talks exploratory," Weaver said, "There have been discussions, and there will be more discussions."
Maryland Athletic Director Jim Kehoe would not specify Maryland's position in the matter, saying noly, "the ACC is interested and receptive and Georgia Tech is interested and receptive."
Corrigan said, "this is the first time we've met with Georgia Tech. I don't think Tech wants to mess around and I know we don't.
The advantages of expanding the ACC to include Georgia Tech revolve around tha addition of another major city, Atlanta. The ACC would expand its recruiting territory as well as its explosure on television, radio and in Atlanta's two major newspapers.
Georgia Tech would strengthen the ACC'sfootball reputation and would likely tie the conference more closely to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
"From our standpoint," said Clemson Athletic Director Bill McLellan, "it would be favourable geographically. I think it would be an advantage to the conference since that would give us much of the eastern seaboard and the Omni (Atlanta's spacious basket ball arena) to showcase our tournament."