If the Atlantic Coast Conference expands to nine members, Florida State will be the school added, ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan said yesterday in a statement released after a meeting of ACC athletic directors and faculty representatives in Greensboro, N.C.
"Florida State has passed the litmus test of our people," Corrigan said. "Our people are interested in Florida State, so now the issue is whether to expand or not."
With growing revenues resulting from football and basketball television packages, several conferences already have expanded this year.
The ACC's eight members are Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia.
Florida State, with nationally ranked teams most years in football and baseball, asked two weeks ago for a nonbinding decision from the ACC before mid-September, according to ACC President Tom Spragens of Duke.
"We hope to work our way through to a decision in another day or so," Corrigan said."I expect it will be before Saturday." . . .
Tracy DiMillio had two goals and an assist to lead fourth-ranked Virginia to a 6-1 women's soccer victory over Maryland in College Park.
The Cavaliers took a 3-1 first-half lead on two goals by DiMillio and one by Kim Conway. Maryland, now 1-3, received its goal from Dawn Davidson, on an assist from Nancy Powers. Virginia improved its record to 5-0.