ACC realignment Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Since news emerged that Notre Dame attempted to bring Stanford and Cal into the ACC, the latest conference realignment saga has taken a huge swing. Unfortunately for the Fighting Irish, their efforts were futile as the conference didn’t approve Stanford and Cal’s admission. While it’s not entirely off the table, it’s a big hurdle. On Friday night, more news emerged, as the schools that voted against the programs’ admissions were revealed.

Brett McMurphy of Action Network posted, “Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, & NC State are the ACC schools against adding Stanford & Cal.” McMurphy indicated that the ACC requires 75 percent approval, meaning they were just one vote away.

So the conference came close to adding the Cardinal and Golden Bears. However, four of the ACC’s top schools voted against realignment. That doesn’t close the book on it, as the landscape will indicate. But for now, there won’t be any additions.

Stanford and Cal have been in peril lately thanks to the Pac-12’s dissolvement. UCLA and USC set the wheels in motion last summer when they announced their move to the Big Ten. Colorado fled the conference to go back to the Big 12. Then, Oregon and Washington exited for the Big Ten. These moves and Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah moving to the Big 12 have threatened the conference’s livelihood. Stanford, Cal, Oregon State, and Washington State are in murky territory, and hopefully, they’ll be able to find life rafts.

The CFB world reacted to the news.

[Brett McMurphy]

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