The Washington Times - September 18, 2011, 12:12PM

Maryland president Wallace Loh and athletic director Kevin Anderson both welcomed Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC on Sunday in statements released by the school.

Anderson intriguingly said Maryland would “look forward to discussions about the future of the league and would encourage a future expansion” in his statement.

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That could be a hint that, unsurprisingly given the climate of instability, the ACC might not stop at a 14-team league. Commissioner John Swofford said Sunday he was “not philosophically opposed” to a 16-team conference.

“From a regional standpoint, adding these two high-quality schools will enhance the marketing footprint of the league,” Anderson said in a statement. “Both Pittsburgh and New York City will offer the conference new opportunities to attract fans in all our sports. We look forward to discussions about the future of the league and would encourage a future expansion.”

The full text of both statements is below:

WALLACE LOH, MARYLAND PRESIDENT

“As one of the founding members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Maryland is proud of its long tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Today, we welcome two distinguished universities - Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh - that are a very good fit with our conference. They join a group that includes some of the finest institutions of higher learning in the country. We look forward to collaborating with them in our educational and research enterprises and competing with them across a broad range of sports. The University of Maryland is proud to be a part of a conference that spans the entire eastern seaboard, with a continuing and vibrant future of national leadership in higher education and intercollegiate athletics.”

KEVIN ANDERSON, MARYLAND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

“It’s rewarding to think that there are a number of prestigious institutions like the University of Pittsburgh and Syracuse University that want to become a part of what the ACC has become both on and off the field. These two institutions are a great fit for the league based on the quality of the athletics programs and based on the quality of their academic reputations.

“We already compete against Pitt and Syracuse in a number of our sports and have appreciated the quality and sportsmanship of those teams. The competition against quality programs in a number of sports will certainly enhance the experience for our student-athletes.

“From a regional standpoint, adding these two high-quality schools will enhance the marketing footprint of the league. Both Pittsburgh and New York City will offer the conference new opportunities to attract fans in all our sports. We look forward to discussions about the future of the league and would encourage a future expansion.”

Patrick Stevens