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UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 4:23 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Conference realignment accelerated on Saturday, with CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy breaking the news that Pittsburgh and Syracuse are "likely gone" to the ACC.

Each school individually submitted letters of application to the ACC, according to high ranking ACC and Big East officials. The news comes a week after the ACC presidents meeting, where the schools unanimously voted to raise the conference exit fee to $20 million. The exit fee was previously between $12 million and $15 million.

While Big East commissioner John Marinatto wouldn't comment on the reports while attending West Virginia's victory against Maryland in College Park, North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour weighed in on the ACC's reported expansion.

"It's obvious that the world is turning upside down and we want the ACC to be in a position where we are strong," Baddor said. "It's absolutely the right thing to do."

This would be the second time the conference has expanded in the last decade, after adding Virginia Tech, Miami, and Boston College in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The combination of adding expansion with the raised exit fee would make it appear that the ACC has positioned itself to survive any poaching from the SEC - which still has not identified a 14th member to balance the divisions after Texas A&M's addition.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:36 am
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

Hiya. I just read out of several of this numerous other reports and i would like to give you thanks for use on your priceless reports.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:08 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

This doesn't feel right to me.  If the ACC continues to do this they will eventually water down the best BB conference in the nation
and eventually lose its identity.  Plus I dont trust Syracuse.  The ACC and them just do not mix.  I feel they messed up BB competition

on the last expansion.  Playing home and away gave chance for revenge matchups and that created rivilry.  Another expansion really sucks.






Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:59 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

This doesn't feel right to me.  If the ACC continues to do this they will eventually water down the best BB conference in the nation
and eventually lose its identity.  Plus I dont trust Syracuse.  The ACC and them just do not mix.  I feel they messed up BB competition
on the last expansion.  Playing home and away gave chance for revenge matchups and that created rivilry.  Another expansion really sucks.




Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:55 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

It doesnt feel right to me.  If the ACC continues to do this they will eventually water down the best conference for BB and
I bellieve lose its identity as a class conference.  Plus I don't trust Syracuse.  Then and the ACC just don't mix.  To me this
really sucks.




Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:14 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

It was the smart thing to do. It's not right. None of this feels right.



Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:15 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

and now my response to the article. despite me being a UNC fan, I am very happy for there to be 2 more teams with a legit chance to fight for an ACC crown. i like racking up numbers, but it'll be nice for DUke and UNC to be challenged every year come march where there is no guarantee of who will come out victorious.



Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:11 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

iahawkeyes, that's a tall order to hope for. the only school i could maybe see going to the big 10 i v-tech. but there is no way unc or duke would ever leave the ACC unless the conference had already disintegrated and they had to switch. that would be equivalent to ohio st leaving the big 10, and I think you would agree that that just isn't going to happen.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:04 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

The Big Ten should poach the ACC before all of this gets finalized. Could you imagine the strength of the Big Ten if they added UNC, Duke, Virginia Tech, and Maryland? The basketball conference would be the best in the country, especially if they added Missouri and Kansas to go along with them. Virginia Tech would add another strong football school and Maryland and Missouri would be a couple of solid programs in both sports. I know that football has driven conference realignment thus far, but the Big Ten should consider all of the extra national following in basketball with UNC, Duke, and Kansas on board. And you have to figure that between the six schools, the market penetration in cities like Baltimore, Washington, Charlotte, Raleigh, Kansas City, and St. Louis would be unprecedented. Also, if Notre Dame wants to jump on the ship at this point, the Big Ten could always add Boston College as well and go to 20 teams. It may seem crazy, but two ten team football conferences would be very doable, and a pod system could be organized for basketball with 4 teams per pod. Each team would play its pod members twice a year and then a round robin of three other pods, with the other pod rotating each year. This would make for 18 conference games in basketball and 9 in football. This would also boosts the Big Ten's profile in non-revenue sports like Hockey (BC and ND), Soccer (UNC and Maryland), LaCrosse (Duke), and Field Hockey (UNC and Maryland). The Big Tens, as I would recommend for the name, would truly be a super conference.



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:55 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

The ACC is my league, so on one hand, I am disappointed that we have appeared to raid our Big East neighbors again. Except this time, it seems that BE schools asked to leave and weren't coerced. But I also understand the ACC is about self preservation and they needed to be proactive instead of reactive

If I had my way..here's what would happen as we grativate towards super conferences.

The SEC would take FSU as the 14th team. Florida State culturally is a SEC school where football is 1st, 2nd and 3rd in terms of pecking order of sports in that confernece.

That would leave the ACC with 11 teams, looking to get to 14.  I like the idea of Syracuse, but I would take UConn and Rutgers. I wouldn't take Pitt because I believe Pitt should be in the Big 10. It would give Penn State its rivalry back and have a neighbor school in the confernece. If 16, I think its time for the folks in North Carolina to extend a invite to East Carolina and perhaps look at USF

As for what is to happen to Big East? I think the Big East should stay the Big East with its original intention. As a east coast basketball league made up primarily of catholic schools that don't play top leave D1 football. Adding Notre Dame to the mix, the Big East has 8 others that don't play D1-FBS, Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. Johns, and Providence were four of the original 7 with Villanova added the next year. Years later, Marquette, and DePaul werre added. If the Big East dropped football as a sponsored FBS sport, they could add other Catholic schools like, St. Louis, Duquense(Pittsburgh), Xavier(Cincinnati) to have a 10 to 12 team basketball confernece with a team in most major media markets in the northeast. 

What would that do for the Big East football leftovers like Cincinnati, Louisville, and USF? Between those 3 and whats left of the Big 12 and Mountain West and Confernce USA, you could come up with a pretty decent "super conference" of 12 to 16 teams for those schools too and with two BCS conferences likely to not exist..at least as we know them....there would be two bid to pass on to any new BCS qualified conference to get.

The only legit long time football program holding the bag is WVU. I hope that if the SEC went to 16 team, WVU is in their plans. The state touches both Kentucky and Tennessee and it would fit with the other SEC schools.  Assuming Missouri would be a part of a Big 12 expand to 16 teams, it is time for someone to tell Notre Dame that its the last chance salon, and to get into a confernece or risk being left out of the equation for a long long time... 





Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:50 pm
 

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

Why on Earth would the Big 10 want to add UCONN or Rutgers? They got enough crummy teams already as it is, keep it at 12. Oh yeah, the NYC TV market is a farce, do you really think UCONN or Rutgers football is high on the list of entertainment option for New Yorkers? Get real, especially since it hasn't been a factor for the last 100 odd years or so.



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