ACC May Add BC as 12th Member

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The ACC could invite Boston College as its 12th member as soon as today, according to conference sources.

The nine university presidents will meet via teleconference to decide whether to expand to a 12th team as required by the NCAA to have a football championship game worth $9 million annually. After failing to lure Notre Dame in recent weeks, the conference is returning to Boston College, which it spurned in June when it added Virginia Tech and Miami for 2004.

Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said yesterday the school firmly supports inviting Boston College, just as it did in June when the Eagles failed to gain the needed seven of nine votes.

"We've always been in support of Boston College," Yow said.

A renewed expansion push comes after an NCAA committee recently rejected the ACC's appeal for a title game with less than the mandatory 12 teams. The championship is needed to make conference expansion financially worthwhile.

Boston College wants a quick resolution because the exit penalty from the Big East Conference is expected to swell from $2 million to $5 million. The increased fee, meant to discourage departures after the Big East lost Miami and Virginia Tech, could be confirmed in coming weeks. Currently, schools must pay $1 million if they provide one year's notice and $2 million if they depart sooner.

ACC athletic directors approved Boston College and Syracuse after site visits in June. However, both were unexpectedly rejected when Virginia Gov. …