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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: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:15 am
 

that's 14. Won;t UCconn go, as well? Then who?

WVa., Louisville?  South Florida? Rutgers? 
or does this mean maryland could go Big Ten *which is stupid) or that Va Tech or NC St, or FSU on way to SEC.   To get to 16 does SEC add A&M, Mizzou, Wva. and ???



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:43 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

I know this is going to sound a bit crazy, but I think a move to the ACC would definitely be the beginning of the end for Jim Boeheim.  Does anyone really think that, after thirty plus years in the same league, a coach of his advancing age is going to want to go to the trouble of figuring out the dynamics, politics, and recruiting of a whole new conference?  When this goes down, I predict that Boeheim will retire within two, maybe three, seasons.  And that will be the saddest day in Syracuse (except 9/11) for the thirty-seven years I have lived there. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:21 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

I hope to heck they move the "new ACC" tournament to New York.  The current ACC basketball framework is a waste of time.
They'd better not. I might be sick if I see the ACC tournament in Madison Square Garden. The tournament is special. Don't you dare mess with it.




Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:08 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Well to all those Big East fans who are fools by saying their little conference is the best in college basketball right now well guess what you fools the Big East is over.
That means nothing. The moves basically are football and money moves. Just because it is falling apart doesn't mean it still couldn't be the best.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:39 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Well to all those Big East fans who are fools by saying their little conference is the best in college basketball right now well guess what you fools the Big East is over.



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:29 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Couldn't agree more.  I am sick over this.



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:17 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

I agree with you 100%. I understand your passion for SU basketball. I am writing this as I am watching SU play USC. Football is my sport and I have been a USC fan for 40 years and to possibly see OU and Ok State join a super conference of a Pac 12-16 makes me sick. What happens to the old traditional rivalries in both basketball and football that will be lost? They are gone. Its all about the almighty $. 




Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 9:30 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Well, the Big East could continue as a basketball only conference with the the non-football members and (8 total) and invite two or more of the following schools: VCU, George Mason, Butler, UMass, Temple and or Xavier  as basketball only members and there you go.




Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:52 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

If im not mistaken, werent the other championship ACC teams just Duke and UNC?  



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:48 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

I think you are off topic and taking a random shot at the Irish. There's a lot more to this than one school's allignment obscure allignment. It's funny that you mention the integrity of a school that is abiding by their contract to a conference during all this turmoil. Maybe you should start "giving fault" to the ones jumping ship.


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