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Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

Posted on: September 18, 2011 2:13 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 2:27 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Pittsburgh and Syracuse have been accepted to the ACC.  It's been signed, sealed, and the process of Big East withdrawl will be the next challenge for the 13th and 14th schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The move caught the Big East offguard, and provided a more certain future for the ACC's current schools.

The uncertain future of the Big East can be identified in the responses from other Big East member schools. Take, for example, this statement released by University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst.
"UConn is pour charter member of the BIG EAST and we have taken a lead role in the league's success over the years. However, it is my responsibility as President that we stay in constant communication and be actively involved in discussions with our counterparts from around the country to ensure the successful long-term future of our university's athletic program. The truth is that our teams will play competitive athletics at the highest level of excellence, wherever things land, and our central goals will be academic success and compliance, as always."
Those phrases about "constant communication" and "wherever things land" make it seem as though Connecticut is ready to flirt, if they have not already started to do so. USA Today cited an ACC official in reporting that the conference would be open to adding two more East Coast teams - and said Connecticut and Rutgers would be the candidates.

What about the reaction from the the current ACC members? Obviously the addition of the Panthers and Orange are a huge boost to an already prominent basketball reputation, but the greatest impact for each of the current member schools will not be associated with one particular sport. The ACC's current media deal with ESPN allows renegotiation in the event the ACC added members to the 12-team roster. The advantages of Pittsburgh and Syracuse have already been hinted at by many, particularly Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson.

"From a regional standpoint, adding these two high-quality schools will enhance the marketing footbpring of the league," Anderson said in a prepared statement. "Both Pittsburgh and New York City will offer the conference new opportunities to attract fans in all our sports. We look forward to discussions about the future of the league and would encourage future expansion."

Anderson hit the nail on the head for the ACC's current members: marketing. The conference will now get to expand their brand into two major markets that where there was previously no ACC presence. Increasing the marketing opportunities will raise the value of the product - and thus raise the pay day each school could expect from a renegotiated media deal. Anderson not only gave his approval for the addition of the two new markets, but has even given his thumbs up on the move to 16.

In a teleconference with the media on Sunday, ACC commissioner said they would not be "philosophically opposed" to further expansion, but stressed his content with the current 14-team lineup. Judging by the reports, it seems the conference will sit back and see who moves next. Conference realignment has become a board game, with players strategizing and analyzing each possible move. The ACC has used their turn, and now will likely see how the Big East and Big 12 schools react in the next few weeks.

Texas and Oklahoma will likely step up next, and the college football landscape will wait - and react - to whatever move they choose to make.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:57 am

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

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Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:12 am

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

Spoken like a true South Carolina fan who left the ACC in 1971 because of the 800 SAT rule and thought you would be the Notre Dame of the south. FYI the academic associations of athletic conferences are worth much more than the tv money in research grants. Of course at South Carolina you wouldn't know that...

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 5:46 pm

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

Although I found this post hilarious, I find it especially amusing that he - the well-respected Enriquillo (wink, wink) - should make any proud claim about the "illustrious" history of Temple football. Temple is playing in mid-major conferences in football and basketball and that's exactly where it belongs. So they play in a 75,000-seat stadium? Big deal. How many are showing up on Saturdays to see the Owls play? Maybe 9,000? Also, your description of Temple as some kind of academic powerhouse is laughable, as well. On par with Oregon State? Uh, like that's an accomplishment? It's typical of many Temple folks, however, to get defensive about Villanova's reputation in sports and academics and to lash out at old VU, but it's OK, Enriquillo, I forgive you. And I'm sure the administration at Temple would take comfort and pride in knowing they are being represented here by such an unrepentant douche bag. My recommendation would be that you work on your self-esteem.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:52 pm

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

Nicely put, Wild Turkey.

Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 2:45 pm

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

TCU's impatience has come back to bite them in the ass.  They jumped at the opportunity to be in a BCS conference and accepted the invite from the Big East (yeah, that made a boatload of sense... idiots) instead of waiting patiently for an invite to the Big-12, which most certainly would have come given the known departures at the time of Colorado and Nebraska - now add A&M to that mix.  While the Big 12 is imploding, there is an opportunity to save it by having TCU and any other decent program in the WAC and Mountian West join it now.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2011 11:35 am

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

Thank you ODUFan49 for your more respectful approach.  I appreciate that.  I am very much a traditionalist and wish that conferences would be made up of regional teams.  That is where you have the best geographical rivalries.  South Carolina is an atlantic coast state and part of me wishes we were still in the ACC.  I miss playing UNC, UVA, Maryland, and NCSU, but that seems like light years ago.  I'm not sure the superconferences are the way to go.  The OU/Nebraska rivalry is one that I have missed since the BIG 12 separated into divisions.  And now, we may not see Texas and A&M playing anymore.  I hate that South Carolina and North Carolina have so much bad blood between them, because if there was ever a geographical rivalry, that is it.  I would love to see a USC/UNC game at BOA stadium in Charlotte every year.  That would be great for college football or at least for our region anyway.  On the baseball topic, I was in Omaha for the CWS, and the USC/UVA games were really competitive.  UVA has a great program too.  I hope we meet up again for years to come.  I have always respected UVA.  You have an elite school with classy people. 

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2011 8:28 am

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

But yet, people talk so bad about the student athlete taking money from boosters and agents.  Keep thinking of yourself student athlete because the school is....there is no loyalty

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:08 am

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

Thats funny.  Go ahead and brag about your baseball championships.  College baseball is an irrelevant sport, the best players go from high school to the pros.  You can collect as many baseball championships as you want there in SC, nobody cares.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2011 12:04 am

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

I am an ACC fan and but have nothing but respect for South Carolina (not crazy about your football coach, but that is more a character issue, not ability.. I recognize how good he is) .. but you left the ACC because your basketball coach got miffed when you did not win the ACC tourny and back then.... that was the only chance for the NCAA tournament.  That really is why y'all left.   I wish you were still in the ACC to be honest.. I think you fit more then Clemson, VT or Miami.   You have a great baseball program and beat my UVA (again) and deserved your crown.  But the cocks left the ACC over ego problems from a disgruntled (but very good) coach.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:58 pm

Big East and ACC schools react to expansion

You should get your facts straight about why we left the ACC, son.  Did your Dad tell you all of that bologna?  We're doing just fine academically.  We have one of the best undergraduate business schools in the country and the # 1 International MBA program in the nation for the last 15 years.  Again, get your facts straight.  As far as the directors cup:  soccer, lacrosse, and basketball.  Wow, what a conference!!!  Speaking of college baseball, how many National Champions have come from the ACC in the last 60 years?  That's right:  ZERO!!!  The poor folks at the University of South Carolina have won more championships in college baseball than the entire ACC.  You ACC people are a piece of work.  By the way, which school are you a fan of?  By your arrogance, it has to be either UNC or Duke.

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