ACC mascots, celebs take New York, close down NASDAQ

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On the first day with new members Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, the ACC took to New York City to promote the newly enlarged conference.

In a busy day for conference shuffling, the ACC showed off while others stumbled.

To promote Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame fleeing the former Big East, the ACC took the New York City for photo ops around town, mostly with the conferences slate of 15 teams. To cap off the day, the mascots, along with Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, former Pittsburgh star receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, along with more veteran representation from Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher, rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ.

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ACC commissioner John Swofford (third from right) joined a contingent of high-profile conference athletes and coaches as the ACC “Took New York”. Photo by Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The ACC used Monday to show off that it can compete with the other major conferences with its current lineup of schools. Maryland was still represented though it will leave for the Big 10 a year from Monday. The ACC will then take Louisville from the Big East, giving it 14 football playing schools along with Notre Dame for all other sports.

On its first day of existence, the American Athletic Conference did not have the same publicity success in the media– or among its member schools.