ACC to continue talks with Miami COLLEGES

October 04, 1990|By Don Markus

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Gene Corrigan and University of Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich met twice Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz., and will continue to discuss the possibility of inviting the Hurricanes to join the league.

In a statement released yesterday, Jankovich indicated that Miami might be willing to push back indefinitely the school's deadline for a decision on expansion from Oct. 16, the day the school's board of regents is scheduled to meet.

"They [the ACC] may have a problem with our timetable and don't want to rush into things," said Jankovich, who was attending a conference of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletic directors. "Regardless of what happens and what decisions are made, the University of Miami and ACC will continue to dialogue."

These preliminary talks were precipitated by Jankovich, who has held similar meetings with representatives from the Big East. Corrigan said Monday that it was unlikely the ACC could make a decision by the middle of this month regarding further expansion.

The ACC recently voted to expand to nine teams and invited Florida State to join the conference. The Seminoles, currently a member of the Metro Conference in all sports except football, will officially become the ACC's ninth school in July 1991.

Corrigan was en route to a conference commissioners' meeting in Kansas City, Mo., and couldn't be reached for comment. But a league spokesman said that the ACC commissioner likely would begin talking with representatives from the eight current schools to get their input on future expansion.

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