The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday that its presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to add Louisville as the replacement for Maryland.
ACC commissioner John Swofford said Louisville was the best fit for the league following Maryland’s announcement last week that it would join the Big Ten in 2014.
‘‘When you look at Louisville, you see a university and an athletic program that has all the arrows pointed up — a tremendous uptick there, tremendous energy,’’ Swofford said on a teleconference. ‘‘It’s always an overall fit in every respect and I think that’s what we found.’’
Louisville is the fourth school in 15 months and seventh in the past decade to leave the Big East for the ACC. Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced its moves in September 2011 and will join the league next year, while Notre Dame said two months ago it would eventually join in all conference sports except football.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said it was hard not to worry about constantly shifting conference alignments and whether the school might be left out when everything finally settles. Louisville was a candidate to join the Big 12 last year before that league took West Virginia.
‘‘We wanted to make sure all our opportunities were looked at,’’ Jurich said. ‘‘But having the opportunity to go into the ACC is I think second to none, especially for our community around here . . . I can just tell you from our standpoint, we couldn’t be in a better fit.’’
It’s unclear exactly when Louisville will join the ACC. Swofford said that would have to be worked out between the school and the Big East.
Meanwhile, Connecticut found itself left behind in the conference realignment shuffle again.
UConn had been courting the ACC and was thought to be a leading candidate to replace Maryland.
‘‘I know this may seem like a tough moment for our fans, but we need to focus on the fundamentals of academic success across the university and in our athletic program as well,’’ UConn president Susan Herbst said. ‘‘We are winners. We win, we like to win and we will continue to play the best possible opponents. We will be athletically successful, regardless of our conference, because of our successes in NCAA competition.’’
LSU extends Miles
Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at LSU that also will result in a pay raise for one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Tigers’ football program.
‘‘I'm LSU head coach and will be LSU head coach for as long as I can be,’’ Miles said. ‘‘Hopefully, we'll look up seven years from now and I'll be looking for another seven-year extension.’’
The contract runs through 2019, which amounts to a two-year extension.
A person familiar with the contract said that Miles’s new annual pay would be in the range of $4.3 million.
Miles said Arkansas representatives reached out to him in a preliminary way, but he also said reports of a five-year, $27.5 million offer to take over the Razorbacks program were ‘‘not true.’’
Gruden denies offer
Jon Gruden says he hasn’t received an offer to coach Tennessee as part of a deal that includes becoming part owner of the Cleveland Browns. Memphis TV station WREG reported Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a piece of the Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam — brother of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam. Their father, Jim, played on Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team. Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis says the report is ‘‘completely erroneous.’’ . . . Harvard senior quarterback Colton Chapple (school-record 24 touchdown passes) was awarded the Division 1 FCS Gold Helmet as the New England Player of the Year by the New England Football Writers’ Association. Framingham State senior defensive tackle James Muirhead (10½ sacks), the Defensive Player of the Year in the NEFC’s Bogan Division, was the Division 2-3 recipient.