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The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Posted on: September 17, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 2:19 pm
 


By Gary Parrish


You don't apply for membership to the ACC unless you already know you'll be accepted.

So this is happening.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh -- two of the Big East's most important members -- are heading to the land of Duke and North Carolina, and though I'm not certain what it does for the ACC in football other than ensure commissioner John Swofford will run what's on track to be the first so-called super conference, the basketball aspect of this is exciting.

The ACC was already arguably the nation's best basketball conference.

Now it won't even be debatable.

The league is about to add two perennial and rock-solid top-25 programs .

Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim are the active leaders in victories.

Now they'll be fighting for the same league championship.

That's a cool future for the ACC.

Meantime, where the Big East goes from here is anybody's guess.

One option might be to try to pluck Kansas and Kansas State from the Big 12 to get to nine all-sports members (once TCU is added), but West Virginia could still, at some point, leave for the SEC, and Rutgers is always an option for the Big Ten. In other words, the Big East is just as vulnerable as the Big 12. One of the leagues might survive, at best. But the most likely scenario has leftover members from both leagues merging to form something that's a geographical mess and notch below a soon-to-be-enhanced SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12.

"Whatever happens, we'll have to adjust to it," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told CBSSports.com by phone on Saturday. "I'm not commenting on Syracuse to the ACC, but in general I'm saying that I don't see how it's a good thing to have all these huge conferences. But I may be wrong. That's my opinion -- and I'm old. ... [But] some day we'll get to 16-team leagues and everybody may look back on it and say it wasn't such a great idea."

Most agree with Boeheim because there's a chance this makes everybody more money at the cost of happiness.

Traditional powers will have a tougher time winning league titles.

Traditional losers will have a tougher time breaking through.

Traditional rivalries will be sacrificed.

But complaining about those things is like sitting around and complaining about how children don't play outside anymore. Or how our country would be better without fast-food chains on every corner. Or how the BCS ruins college football's postseason. Like it or not, these are the times in which we live. Super conferences are coming, and Swofford should be credited for being proactive in this eat-or-be-eaten world. He's on the verge of poaching two of the Big East's all-sports schools and ensuring the ACC survives this grand shift in the landscape of college athletics, and by doing so he's seriously enhanced the basketball side of his conference.

Yes, I know, basketball isn't what's dictating any of these proposed moves.

But that doesn't mean basketball won't be affected.

Or, in the ACC's case, vastly improved.

Photo: AP

Comments

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:30 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

" I will go on record as saying that the remaining Big East teams are licking their respectives chops at the prospect of garnering some of the kids Pitt and Syracuse would lose by going to the inferior AAC"

Who? DePaul? South Florida? TCU? Rutgers?



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:02 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

This sucks.. boston coll was bad enough... 2 more northern schools.... ughhh

RCase. let me tell you what really sucks.  It is having to play the conference tournament in some back water town in North Carolina instead of playing in Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of basketball.  Pitt and Syracuse will hold ther own with any AAC teams but both could well lose the metro NY, Philly, and DC area markets for BB talent.  Why? Because these kids want to play in the big time in the country's best conference.  I will go on record as saying that the remaining Big East teams are licking their respectives chops at the prospect of garnering some of the kids Pitt and Syracuse would lose by going to the inferior AAC.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 3:01 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Baylor has made two NCAA basketball tournaments since 1988 (). We know Baylor is awful in football. Kansas at least made and won the Orange Bowl since then and of course won a national championship in basketball.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 2:56 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

What an idiot. Are you honestly scared of "thugs" invading Cameron from Syracuse and Pittsburgh?  I'll tell you what, to ease your fear of black people, we can lobby the ACC to add Hickory, Indiana too.  That Jimmy Chitwick kid is the type of student-athelete the ACC can be proud of.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 2:38 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Baylor is dead weight athletically. I'd like to have one conference without any teams west of the Mississippi. If we had to take a second team, Kansas.
Are you kidding me? Baylor is excellent athletically. Kansas, on the other hand, is dead weight athletically. The Jayhawks bring one thing to the table: men's basketball. The Bears bring men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and several other quality programs. Plus, the Bears are better in football than the Jayhawks.

The ACC already has Duke and North Carolina, so Kansas adds nothing to the league.



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:33 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

great...now they'll need metal detectors at Cameron...what do you get when you attempt to fuse thugs with class, honor, pride and legacy?  Blood, can we get a larger bandage over here?



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 1:01 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

WVU fans need to understand that your school does not fit the ACC footprint for many many reasons.  It doesn't matter how many you travel with to other stadiums or bowl games. What matters most, there are other schools that fit and bring more to the ACC's overall expansion profile than WVU.  



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:44 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Gang_Green, I am guessing you don't like college hoops, but it is still one of the top 5 organized team sports in this country. People DO care about college hoops and what this does to that, I don't deny the football side is a little more important to these ADs, but to compare mens hoops to womens soccer is just stupid.



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: September 18, 2011 11:54 am
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

To bad nobody cares about hoops with these conference alignments.  It's all about football.

Article may have been title ACC gets better at Womens Soccer.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 10:38 am
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

CHANGE we can believe in!  With all due respect, I think hoops is a greater factor here than you are giving credit to.  Both Syracuse and Pitt football has basically been off the radar for a decade....but their hoops programs are there every year.  And the Carrier Dome holds just as many hoops fans as footballers, yes? And for more games.  A win-win all around.  UConn and Rutgers are next. 


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