option 2 could be Kansas, but that only makes sense for the B1G unless they were part of a larger 3-5 team package for an ACC move.
i know it's not 1995 any more, but i'm not sure any league is capable of keeping 16+ schools happy at home. The WAC was first, then the BigEast. how many examples do we need in order to believe it to be true?
since we're on the conf realignment board, i will throw out that an internal promotion/relegation system in the ACC could be cool, at least for football and basketball. The top 50% of the year prior to beginning go into ACC-A and the rest into ACC-B (for each sport, ie Duke bball could be ACC-A but football would be ACC-B). every year, the bottom 2 from A go down, the top 2 from B move up. it allows mobility within the league and ensures the top teams in each sport are playing each other more. of course, you would still preserve rivalries and play some crossover games for balance, but the standings would be divided into an A squad and a B squad. just a fun thought, and no, i don't think this would make the league any more/less stable than any other division/pod alignment of 16+ schools.