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Louisville mayor Greg Fischer issued a statement calling the ACC’s decision “a fantastic development for the university, the city and the state.” U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement the move was a credit to Jurich’s leadership of the athletic department.

It’s unclear exactly when Louisville will join the ACC. Swofford said that would have to be worked out between the school and the Big East. He also said the league is comfortable staying at 14 full members with the addition of Louisville.

The Big East has a 27-month notification period for any member that wants to leave. The Big East has shown a willingness to negotiate, as it did with Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who paid $7.5 million each to get out early when the exit fee was $5 million.

The Big East has since increased that fee to $10 million.

This latest rapid-fire round of realignment was set off last week by the Big Ten’s additions of Maryland and Rutgers, which will join that conference in 2014.

On Tuesday, the Big East added Tulane for all sports and East Carolina for football only, also beginning in 2014.

In a statement, Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco wished Louisville well and said the league’s additions are important for its future.

“We are committed to a vibrant and dynamic future for the Big East Conference,” Aresco said.

Louisville’s addition will add some extra juice to what’s already one of the nation’s premier conferences for men’s basketball.

Louisville, currently ranked No. 5, brings a program that has won two national championships and reached its ninth Final Four last season. In addition, Rick Pitino will give the league another marquee coaching name alongside Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and soon Jim Boeheim of Syracuse.

The school’s football program is a win away from earning a BCS berth. Charlie Strong’s Cardinals travel to Rutgers on Thursday night for a game in which they could clinch the Big East’s BCS bid.

The ACC’s decision to add Louisville is a blow for Connecticut, which had been looking for a landing spot since Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced their Big East exits. UConn President Susan Herbst had indicated that an invitation to join that ACC is something the school would welcome.

“We will be athletically successful, regardless of our conference, because of our successes in NCAA competition,” Herbst said in a statement. “… I realize this is a difficult day, but when we focus on research, discovery, and student success, we’ll never go wrong.”

AP Sports Writer Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, N.C., contributed to this report.