Miami releases statement, reiterates desire to remain in ACC

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With rumors circulating about a possible shakeup in the ACC, the Miami Hurricanes have now made it clear that they will keep their talents in South Beach.

“Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004, the University of Miami has worked hard to measure up to the high academic and athletic standards set by our peers and we could not be more proud than to call the ACC our home,” Miami AD Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. “We are confident in our progress and in our accomplishments, yet there is still much work to be done.”

There have been reports of displeasure at some institutions with the ACC’s new ESPN television deal, valued at $3.6 billion over 15 years. That settles out to about $17 million per school.

The Hurricanes, in their first year under coach Jim Larranaga, finished 20-13, including 9-7 in the ACC. They advanced to the second round of the NIT, before losing to Minnesota.

But the basketball team, of course, would not be the driving force behind any possible conference realignment move. As much of the possible revenue is in football, basketball would really just be along for the ride.

But it looks like the Hurricanes are content in the ACC.

“We are so fortunate at Miami. Our University, under past and present visionary leadership and with an 87-year history of achievement, is strong in our foundation and in our beliefs,” the statement goes on to say. “It allows us to stay steady when there are stormy seas, and that core strength holds us together today more than ever.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_