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ACC official tells AP: Pittsburgh, Syracuse apply to join ACC, leave Big East
A high-ranking official with the Atlantic Coast Conference says the league has received application letters from Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
The official also tells The Associated Press at least 10 schools have reached out to the ACC during the recent period of uncertainty about conference realignment. The official didn't specify which schools.
The official adds that presidents of the league's 12 schools unanimously approved raising the exit fee to $20 million for any member leaving the conference during a recent meeting.
The official requested anonymity because the league isn't making a formal statement.
If the move goes forward, Pittsburgh and Syracuse would become the fourth and fifth schools to leave the Big East for the ACC. Virginia Tech and Miami joined in 2004, and Boston College followed a year later.