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Monday, September 19, 2011
Beamer: Expansion 'right thing' for ACC

By Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, an old friend and former member of the Big East, said the ACC's decision to add Pittsburgh and Syracuse was "the right thing" for the conference.

"I really applaud [commissioner] John Swofford, our administrators and presidents for being out front on this thing," Beamer said on his weekly teleconference this morning. "They've done a great job. They did it quickly, and did, in my opinion, the right thing. I think we've really done well as a league and solidified our league and to me what's got to happen in these times, you've got to be solid in yourself."

Beamer said it looks like college football is headed in the direction of four conferences with 16 teams each.

"It seems like that's the direction it's heading," he said. "I think we'll know more after today and what happens in the Pac-12, or is it the Pac-16 now?"