Reports: ACC explores possibility of adding Cal, Stanford

The Atlantic Coast Conference could soon become involved in the latest round of conference realignment. 

According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, the ACC held two calls between Monday and Tuesday “to vet and have early exploratory discussions on the potential addition of Cal and Stanford.” One meeting involved athletic directors and the second was for ACC presidents and chancellors. 

Thamel reported “there’s myriad options being discussed.” On Tuesday, ACC presidents met and held no vote but are continuing to evaluate possible decisions, according to Thamel

On Wednesday, Florida State University President Richard McCullough said the distribution of revenue is among causes for concern and that the school could consider leaving the ACC. 

While the Big Ten will expand to 18 programs in 2024 and the Big 12 and Southeastern will increase to 16 apiece, the ACC hasn’t been impacted by additions or subtractions during a whirlwind two years surrounding expansion. 

Cal and Stanford, though, remain as two programs in a four-team Pac-12 alongside Oregon State and Washington State.  

According to Ralph Russo of The Associated Press, the American Athletic Conference “has interest” in expanding and adding all four Pac-12 programs. 

The Pac-12 has seen a large amount of impact from recent conference expansion while the ACC hasn’t been very involved. That could soon change for both conferences.