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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'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: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:22 pm

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

Getting a little ahead of yourself there, aren't ya? UConn and Rutgers in the ACC? Not so fast my friend. I doubt the Big Ten gets left behind in all this and Rutgers fits their requirements of AAU. And who says the ACC doesn't get poached? $20 million is a lot, but $30 million talks. A larger SEC is only going to pull more TV money and higher revenue per school at the end of the day. That's why it was crazy that the Big 12 is going to try to pull upwards of $30 million out of TAMU for leaving. But guess what? At the end of the day, it is chump change compared to what they'd make in the Big 12, or lack there of before long. Pitt and Syracuse aren't exactly enhancing the ACC in terms of football viability. Now if there is something going on with Texas in the background, we might have something.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:47 pm

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

Wow!  Wonder if this forces the Big Ten to get into the mix before their options are dwindled down to no one????

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:36 pm


Break it into this idea of 'pods' or N-S divisions:

Group 1: Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers
Group 2: Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia


Group 3: North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest
Group 4: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami

It's almost a old BE vs ACC Challenge for the good or bad

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:24 pm

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

It does look like the ACC has indeed done a good job of protecting itself against getting raided.  I don't think this does anything to really make the conference better in football, but it does ensure that they stay around, and they did get much stronger as a basketball conference.  I think this means the SEC is either going to get WVU or Missouri.  Anyone else would surprise me at this point. 

Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:04 pm

UNC AD: ACC expansion 'right thing to do'

This move helps prevent the ACC from getting raided!

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