RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Tech received a formal invitation to join the ACC on Friday and will accept, university president Charles M. Steger wrote in an open letter to alumni.
Calling the ACC "an organization of some of the nation's most prestigious universities," Steger also said "this affiliation will be good for our students, athletes, fans, and communities for many years to come."
Athletic director Jim Weaver said necessary paperwork, including a letter of agreement should be signed by Monday. Miami also is expected to announce Monday if it will remain in the Big East.
FUTURE NCAA PENALTIES: Programs with perennially poor academic records could lose scholarships and not be eligible for postseason tournaments under an NCAA subcommittee recommendation. Vanderbilt athletic director Todd Turner, the chairman, said the NCAA's new measuring stick likely will be a point-based system.
Each athlete would receive one point per semester or quarter if they were academically eligible and another point each term if they remained at that school. Evaluations would be done annually.
If a program fell below a yet-to-be determined line, it could face sanctions. The harshest penalties - ineligibility from NCAA championships or collecting money from the events - are not likely to take effect until at least 2010. The subcommittee also recommends an immediate penalty - losing scholarships if athletes leave programs in poor academic standing, which could begin next fall.
BASEBALL: Creighton coach Jack Dahm resigned after a school record for losses (37) in a season. Associate coach Ed Servais is interim coach. Dahm was the program's winningest coach - 283-276-2 in 10 years.
BASKETBALL: Some of Patrick Dennehy's Baylor teammates might be suspects in his disappearance, Waco, Texas, police said. They would not elaborate further. Dennehy, a 6-10, 230-pound center, has not been seen or heard from in more than two weeks. Department spokesman Steven Anderson said they "have received information from several sources that would lead investigators to believe that foul play was involved." A sport utility vehicle belonging to Dennehy was found this week in Virginia Beach, Va. ... A hearing was scheduled for Sept. 8 in Bloomington to determine if former coach Bob Knight's wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Indiana should proceed to trial.
FOOTBALL: Central Florida will replace Alabama on Penn State's home schedule Sept. 18,2004, after the Crimson Tide asked Penn State to delay their home-and-home series. UCF played Penn State for the first time last season, falling 27-24 in the season opener.
SEC MALE ATHLETE OF YEAR: Arkansas runner Alistair Cragg received the honor. The junior won the 5,000 and 3,000 meters at the NCAA indoor championships, and the 5,000 at the outdoor championship. He won three individual national titles, five All-America honors and was part of four conference crowns and national championships in the indoor and outdoor seasons.