- Aug 24, 2011
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Rutgers has gotten more mileage out of one football game than any school I can think of. I wish WV was ranked higher academically, a much better traditional program for all sports.why rutgers ? seriously. their football team stumbles upon modest success once a decade. thats a reason to add them to your conference ?!
Setting up a north conference with the former BE programs and Maryland lets the Tobacco Road schools go back to a more traditional division for conference hoops, which is probably the expansion sell for Duke. That, and allowing Duke to claim membership in the best basketball conference in the land.I'm going to give K credit. I bet he wants Syracuse and UConn in the ACC. He's a guy who loves basketball, and until 2003, the ACC was tops (or always 1 or 2). After expansion with three football schools, the ACC has kind of sucked, and I think you started to see Duke flop a lot more in the NCAAs.
He may not get what he wants, but I think he'd prefer the ACC adds teams a team like UConn. Syracuse, UConn, Pitt, Duke, UNC, Maryland is a great top of the conference. It isn't the top of the 16 BE team conference, but its really good. It becomes the best basketball conference by taking 2 of the top 3 BE programs (save Louisville).
A 16 team ACC would suck all the basketball talent away from the other schools in America. It would be a one-stop shop for basketball.
ESPN would be all ACC all the time. The conference championship would make the NCAA tourney (and CBS) a formality.
Anyone who totally disregards basketball in all this is thinking small.
The lawsuit might be forgotten, but bcu will, most likely fight against UConn joining the ACC. That's DeFlippo with his lingering anger. Hopefully, if we are invited, bcu's opinion means little.Pitt sued them too. It was a decade ago, and all the major players (state gov., state AG, school AD, school prez) are gone. Are they really going to hold that much of a grudge?
Solid academics, flagship state university with a decent alumni base, and with Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers, you essentially lock up the NYC market (St. John's has appeal too, but those three outweigh them). But you need all three to really take NYC, just as you need UConn and BC to make an impact in the Boston market...
Our problem--NYC and Boston are pro towns. Is there enough of a market share?
This presumes that the BET won't be happening there. I think everyone is concerned about it viability but it is bad form to bury people before they are dead. So is Swofford classless? Is there a second shoe coming? Both?