Reports: ACC hits ‘roadblocks’ on way to potential expansion of Cal, Stanford

The Atlantic Coast Conference is trying its hand at getting involved in conference expansion. 

According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, ACC presidents met Wednesday, and their discussions about adding Cal and Stanford from the Pac-12 Conference “hit significant roadblocks” and among the reasons could be “because there wasn’t ever a significant value add.” 

The meeting comes on the heels of reports that the ACC explored the possibility of Cal and Stanford as well as Southern Methodist University joining the conference. The Pac-12 has been left with four member programs since six programs announced departures in the past four weeks. 

According to David Hale, during the day Wednesday the ACC continued “to seriously evaluate adding Cal, Stanford & SMU.” 

Thamel reported conversations surrounding SMU’s addition from the American Athletic Conference “aren’t headed anywhere.” 

Whether the issues halting momentum deal with revenue distribution or logistics, the ACC seems to be gearing up for involvement in recent conference expansion. However, that also appears to be put on hold. 

According to Larry Williams of, the ACC is not going to move forward with expansion and it “sounds done.”