Last edited by Calamitous; Sun Aug 18 2013 at 05:36 PM.
Given what Stech, Cobb, others are saying about Texas & ACC the B1G would have to be talking to Texas too. Probably an interesting game of Texas Hold Em going on. I would guess Notre Dame is Swofford's ace in the hole or so he hopes. What's it all mean to Tech? Money and the ability to compete with the tycoon's of the college elite going forward.
Northeast presence - B1G gets the nod.
Oh, and Texas is a heck of a lot closer to the bulk of B1G schools. Money: B1G has a lot more, and research - B1G in a BIG WAY. Conference network: BTN is in place while made-for-TV ACC is still evaluating. So what does the ACC have going for it?
The ACC has the proven ability to sacrifice its principles to take Texas and whoever the heck they demand (hey, you want Oklahoma and OK State? No AAU? NO PROBLEM!). We have the ability to cut them a deal the B1G would never make. I say we start using our lack of principles and try and get these now.
Last edited by lawhokie; Sun Aug 18 2013 at 10:25 PM.
Well stated. Here is how I think this could hurt VT: if B1G goes the Texas-OU route, and maybe even lures in ND, the B1G might lose interest in the mid-Atlantic as an expansion target. If so, they won't be taking UVa or VT. And if that happens, the SEC might expand and decide it prefers UVa to VT. Then we will be truly screwed. That's why I say if we have an opening to the B1G or the SEC, we should take it. Even if the ACC survives, it will be a second-hand conference.
First, Texas is not impressed with the long term future of the big 12, second they dont want anything to do with the SEC due to lack of commitment to academics by the institutions.
With the discussion withe the ACC, they would desperately like to get the same deal as the Notre Dame, but I believe the ACC schools will not offer. THey really like the institutions, the robust sports programs and commitments to academics and the market share into fla, and the east coast. THey would like to make sure that if they sign up Notre Dame will follow.....However, ESPN is pushing this due to the linkage with the Longhorn Network, simply ESPN would like to package the Long horn network with the proposed ACC network. TExas wants to make sure they get the same or more revenue and 'control ' of the airways in the texas footprint.
THe big 10 offers good schools but they dont like the northern focus mid east schools, and MD and Rutgers really don't deliver the east coast. Also the big 10 comes in and demand sign away the entire rights, for long term so you can never get out. Simply the big 10 runs your media operations. THat kinda grinds Texas.
We will see what happens--- interesting times. however, the ACC GOR agreement allows ACC to be aggressive in the stealth while not worrying about teams leaving....
I will say that if Texas goes to the Big 10 that it will hurt a potential ACC Network in a big way. If I am the folks in Greensboro, I would not want this to happen. Fox Sports 1 and 2 just went into over 90 million homes and if you can get a similar footprint for an ACC Network that includes ND and Texas, then everybody wins. However, if I am the Big 10 and I have the sweetest current deal in college sports, I would want to make sure that the ACC could not challenge me for king of the hill. They know the SEC will be formidable starting next year but they would not want to fight a national television rights war on another front as well.
Once again...this is just my educated opinion so take it for what it is worth.
Also...the Dude's comments on Tech and UVa going to the Big 10 are hilarious. Utterly hilarious.
I keep hearing how attractive the ACC is to Texas, but the realist in me says that if I were Deloss Dodds, I'd much rather join an organization like the B1G and not have my university's athletics governed by a bunch of buffoons in tobacco country. Oh, and I'm sure the UT academics wouldn't mind joining the CIC. Just my opinion.
I just wish we would STOP with the zone blocking read option crap and line up in the I, put a hat on a hat and run the tailback behind the fullback through a designated gosh-danged hole. There is NO REASON why this program shouldn't be able to find 5 fat guys who can move some people out of the way and clear a lane for a back to get through!