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In what is now reportedly a done deal, the ACC will add three new teams in the latest seismic conference realignment.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Michael Silver, the Cal Bears, Stanford Cardinal and SMU Mustangs are finalizing deals to join the ACC in football and men’s and women’s basketball.

Multiple outlets had already reported serious talks between the ACC and the three schools. The main sticking point reportedly involved financial concessions from the prospective new members, and how those would be shared among existing conference members.

The addition of the new members also required approval by 12 of the 15 existing ACC schools, but there was a contingent of four schools (North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson and Florida State) said to be opposed.

No word on how other sports will be affected by the ACC realignment. There had been strong opposition among some existing schools to adding Stanford and Cal in particular. North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance said Tuesday that the two schools had far more to gain than they would offer by joining the ACC. He worried that it would be much more difficult to recruit against the two West Coast programs.

“There’s no way I want to share the glory of our conference with two schools that could do a very good job recruiting against us,” Dorrance said (via The Messenger). “So basically I want Cal and Stanford die on the vine.”

Cal and Stanford’s departure virtually completes the disintegration of the 108-year-old Pac-12, which has lost 10 teams in recent weeks and is now down to Oregon State and Washington State.

Sports fans quickly reacted to the ACC realignment news.

[Michael Silver, San Francisco Chronicle]

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