Reports: 4 ACC programs vote against expansion plans for Cal, Stanford 

A recent vote among Atlantic Coast Conference presidents determined that Pac-12 Conference programs Cal and Stanford will not become members through realignment. 

According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and NC State oppose the additions of the pair of Pac-12 schools.  

According to Joseph Salvador of Sports Illustrated, the number of ACC schools opposed to the expansion effort could be as many as five.

At least 12 ACC programs must vote in support of Cal and Stanford joining the conference in order for it to take effect.

The Pac-12 has been left with four programs — Oregon State and Washington State are the other two — after five teams announced plans to depart for the Big Ten or Big 12 conferences. 

The ACC reportedly hit “roadblocks” in discussions earlier in the week about possible expansion to include Cal and Stanford. Concern for “a significant value add” is among the reasoning, according to Pete Thamel of ESPN. 

Florida State University President Richard McCullough said during a board of trustees meeting Wednesday that the Seminoles could consider even leaving the ACC over revenue distribution concerns. 

Any program that expects to depart the ACC must notify the conference by Tuesday, according to Adelson. 

Adelson also reported that “it should be noted that the four schools that are opposed (to adding Cal and Stanford) are among a group of seven schools that have had separate discussions looking at the ACC grant of rights and a path forward.” There have reportedly been meetings among programs about whether expansion fits the conference. 

There is currently no call or meeting scheduled among ACC presidents to reconvene centering around expansion, according to Adelson, though one could be scheduled at any time.