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Virginia Tech administration has no interest in joining SEC

In recent days, reports have indicated Texas A&M is attempting to leave the Big 12 to become the 13th member of the Southeastern Conference, reigniting conference expansion talks from more than a year ago and setting off a wave of speculation about other teams that could end up switching conferences.

Some have suggested Virginia Tech as a logical choice to be invited to an expanded SEC because of its rabid football base and geographic location. On Friday, though, Virginia Tech’s administration declared it has no interest in leaving the ACC.

“Virginia Tech is exceedingly pleased with our membership in the ACC. It is the perfect conference for us,” university spokesman Larry Hincker said in a statement after consulting with Virginia Tech President Charles Steger. “The university administration has no interest in any discussion concerning affiliation with any conference other than the ACC.”

Virginia Tech agreed to join the ACC in 2003, and started competing in the league in 2004 after 13 years as a member of the Big East.

Since switching conference affiliations, Virginia Tech officials have expressed hapiness with how the conference switch has elevated the school’s non-revenue sports, and that seven other member schools are within 300 miles of Blacksburg.

Hincker’s comments echoed those made by Athletic Director Jim Weaver to the Newport News Daily Press earlier Friday.

“We always wanted to be in the ACC,” Weaver said. “Now we’re there. Why would we want to go somewhere else when we finally have what we want?”

Of late, though, there have been so many rumors floating around about various teams potentially leaving their current conference that ACC Commissioner John Swofford even offered a statement on the matter.

“As I’ve said previously, we’ll continue to be mindful of the collegiate landscape and what’s best for the ACC and its member institutions,” Swofford said Friday. “With that said, I’ve received no indication from any of our 12 Presidents that they have any intention of being affiliated with any conference other than the ACC.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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