By alin0303
July 18, 2012

Sources told Brett McMurphy of that the Big East Conference and Pittsburgh have reached an agreement that will allow the Panthers to withdraw from the Big East and join the ACC in time for the 2013 football season, rather than in 2014.

Pitt will pay an exit fee of $7.5 million -- the league's standard $5 million exit fee plus and extra $2.5 million to leave early. (The conference's bylaws usually require 27 months' notice to depart.) It's the same deal that Syracuse earlier negotiated with the conference.

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