If the conferences go to 20, I like ND (full member), Texas, Oklahoma, Tulane and UConn to the ACC to make it 20. Some of these I feel stronger about than others. All of them are top 100 Universities in new states. I know we just took Louisville, but I think they are the exception and not the rule. I also think that Louisville will become a top 100 University with the ACC coaching on how to get there.
PS I had heard that Navy and Army would come years ago, but I am not sure they want to pay the scholarship stipend that I think is coming to the top division.
But we might have to take Oklahoma State or Baylor due to political reasons.
Last edited by HOO86; Tue Jul 23 2013 at 09:37 PM.
Tulane??? Seriously? Over Kansas, Baylor, or OkSt???
Furthermore, if we go to 4 divisions in the ACC, why add Uconn when the ACC North already rounds up nicely with BC, Pitt, SU, ND, and Louisville.
I shoulda' paid more attention in Geography class........ Texas & Oklahoma in an Atlantic conference. But with VT, Duke, UVA etc in a coastal division, I guess it fits. Of course there is Utah in the Pacific conference and Missouri in the Southeast and................ Oh, never mind.
Here is an article featuring Gene Corrigan. Yes he's an old man in his 80s rambling about yesteryear. But he did the same thing about Notre Dame and Eureaka, Notre Dame joined the ACC. He was out in multiple articles about the good old days and the ACC considering Notre Dame in the 80s and telling the story. Swofford said nothing and then boom. I know for a fact that Corrigan talks to Swofford regularly.
My question. Is this a courtesy article for Penn State, or are we on a mission planting seeds. Agsin this question is knowing Penn State is an excellent fit for the ACC. Maryland be damned. Go play Michigan with Rutgers. All of the recent discussion has been about Texas, but this is interesting.
Louisiana has 4.6 million people, and Tulane is in New Orleans with a brand new on campus stadium along with access to the Louisiana Superdome for bigger games against Texas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, etc. Could put the ACC in running down the road for the Sugar Bowl, and we'd pick up an additional state. Tulane is also ranked 51 academically ahead of most of the others we're talking about.
Baylor is ranked 77 academically, and they have been competitive in football recently. They've won a couple of women's basketball national championships. Men's basketball is decent. Another good choice.
I wouldn't take Kansas. Let them rejoin Nebraska in the Big Ten. Oklahoma State is ranked 139 academically. They would not be attractive, but might be part of a pair with Oklahoma. They have had some good years in football recently, but generally they are not much of a factor.
When you're looking at this as a TV network, you want states. So yes Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and one other makes sense. Ohio perhaps with Cincinnati? Baylor would strenghten Texas. Temple would strengthen Pennsylvania.
It's not that you are ignorant, it's just that you know so much that isn't so.
For road trips, I am partial to New Orleans where Tulane is. Regarding their basketball, you never know. Miami wasn't much in basketball either. I just watched them win the ACC men's basketball tournament this year though. If Tulane were in the ACC, you can bet a good basketball coach from somewhere would want that job. Then they could turn it around in a hurry. In football, Tommy Bowden had them undefeated a while back. Same with football.