First, the ACC acquitted itself on the football field. While Florida State and Maryland were competitive in losing to #1 Oklahoma and West Virginia respectively, Clemson and “The U” beat the dog piss out of Auburn and Ohio State. Georgia Tech’s smackdown (768 yards total offense?!!) of Kansas over the weekend should not be ignored as well.
Second, and perhaps more importantly, the ACC kicked off the super-conference era in accepting Pittsburgh and Syracuse into the conference. Along with unanimously agreeing to increase its exit fee to $20 million, the ACC has all but insured its stability in conference expansion. It’s safe to say that no conference would dare poach a team or two from the ACC anytime soon.
I was not only happy to see the conference of my youth become so aggressive in conference expansion, I was stunned. ACC Commissioner John Swafford swore that he was going to keep things as was with 12 schools. I assumed that he was going to leave the ACC as the last conference into the super-conference party, thinking that at least 2 schools (Virginia Tech, Clemson or maybe Maryland) would be poached by the SEC or B1G (what a goofy logo, by the way) under his watch.
Then again, that was what made his moves even sweeter. By getting out ahead in the super-conference race, not only did it insure the ACC much needed stability, it makes the ACC a desired destination. All of the sudden word came out that at least TEN SCHOOLS wanted membership into the ACC. Now UConn wants ACC membership in the worst way.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that it makes the ACC the top college basketball conference in the country? Hell, even Duke’s Coach K and UNC’s basketball coach Roy Williams are cool with the 16-school league idea. It’s a win-win all the way around for the top revenue sports.
All and all, it was a great weekend for the ACC. How do you like us now SEC?