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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: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:25 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

As much as I hate this it seems as though this is the way things must play out. I remaian steadfast in my belief that this is all Notre Dames' fault. The Irish have reaped all the benefits of being in a conference while keeping their football program separate. If they had displayed any of the integrity for which they claim the BE would be a strong viable entity.



Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:44 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

i just feel the need to say that you are exactly right. I hate the idea of the ACC. We've gotten to where we are by packing the dome by playing Nova, Gtown and uconn. and now those rivalries are just going to die? The administrators have come out of left field and are sending us the ACC when it seemed like the big east was going to survive? (and perhaps gett better with big 12 leftovers). I'm sick to my stomach...



Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:18 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

SU is my life, my passion, my everything.  I knew the only place I ever wanted to go to college was after I saw my first SU basketball game against G-Town in 87.  This is one of the saddest days of my life.  I'm disgusted.  It's all about greedy administrators and commisoners.  I would imgaine about 5% of them are allumni.  Screw the ACC, and screw the bastards that are ruining SU. 



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:14 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

 This is a huge deal for basketball 



Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:18 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

When did the ACC become a better Basketball Conference than the Big East as a hole? Where have you been Gary the last decade. Look at when the ACC took the three Big East schools in football, the ACC fell flat on their $$$. Now its going to be basketballs turn to fall and it's already going down with only Duke and UNC out of all the Schools that is going to compete for anything. If i had to choose where to go it would be the Big 10. Its steady,and the outlook is a lot brighter than the ACC. 



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:18 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

the last time i checked, duke and unc are part of the acc...to make a statement that you judge the conference without its most productive programs makes about as much sense as tits on a bull



Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:15 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Arguably the best conference?  The ACC has barely been a top five conference this decade.  Only Duke and UNC are relevant.   Let's keep it real, the Big East dominates basketball and there is no comparison.  The ACC is at best third (after the Big 12) - and that's being generous.
Wow, bitter big east fan much?  Get your head out of the clouds.  In the last decade the ACC has had 10 Final Four Teams and 5 Championship teams (including the '01 Maryland squad).  Um, the big east has 7 final fours and 3 championships, from a whopping two teams UCONN and Cuse.  Slow your roll and know your facts.



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:13 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

UConn should be next on the invite list. Then it will be without a doubt the best. Too bad that would leave an odd number. Maybe we can get the SEC to take Clemson off our hands. Does anyone in the ACC care about Clemson? When's the last time they won an NCAA game (play in games don't count)?




Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:45 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Has anyone considered the possibility that Texas is seriously considering a move to the ACC?  If Texas were to make that move I'd expect the ACC to go for Kansas too.  They'd have four of the five winningest basketball programs in history and add Texas and Pitt to that mix and you've got a coup.  It also would add a great football program in Texas and a good one in Pitt.  Syracuse and Kansas are not bad football programs either.  Oh well.  I guess we'll see as things unfold.   



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:44 pm
 

The ACC is about to get even better in hoops

Arguably the best conference?  The ACC has barely been a top five conference this decade.  Only Duke and UNC are relevant.   Let's keep it real, the Big East dominates basketball and there is no comparison.  The ACC is at best third (after the Big 12) - and that's being generous.


If this is true, you will see UConn and Rutgers soon follow - either to the Big10 or ACC.  West Virginia will go to the SEC.  A dead Big East is bad news for Louisville, Cincy, and yes - Kansas.  

This is a bummer for basketball fans.  Nothing is better than Big East basketball.  I hope to heck they move the "new ACC" tournament to New York.  The current ACC basketball framework is a waste of time.

 


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