The Atlantic Coast Conference will reopen expansion talks at a meeting of league athletic directors and faculty representatives next Wednesday in Greensboro, officials said.
"The meeting was set up particularly to talk about expansion," North Carolina Athletic Director John Swofford told the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer on Tuesday. "This is a continuation of some of the informal talks we've been having in recent months."
The ACC decided at its February business meeting not to add to the eight-team league. But since then other conferences have pursued expansion, most notably the Southeastern Conference, which has contacted Arkansas and several other schools. Also, the Metro Conference has set an Oct. 15 deadline for a commitment from its membership and eight other institutions on the formation of a possible 16-team league.
ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan is out of the country, but Swofford said: "We will at least come out of that meeting with a focus on whether we truly want to pursue expansion. . . . I believe our future is sound whether we expand or don't expand, but obviously we want to make sure we are maximizing the league's potential. My opinion is that if we expand, the league will do it on a full membership basis rather than a single-sport basis." . . .
Missouri Coach Norm Stewart denied that he had provided false or misleading information to NCAA investigators looking into alleged wrongdoing in the school's basketball program.
Stewart, at a news conference he called in Kansas City, said that virtually all of the allegations in the letter of inquiry issued in May by the NCAA could be linked to four people.
"Each one of these four individuals has publicly expressed a bias against the university . . . ," he said. "For several of the allegations, however, the evidence boils down to a conflict of testimony between disgruntled individuals, who have a motive to lie on the one hand, and a coaching staff on the other hand."