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Instead of grasping at maybe's and might haves, you might just pull out

Occam's Razor.

Athletics conferences choose members based on athletics. (which isn't strictly related to on-field/court performance...obviously things like tv markets, geography, facilities, budgets, etc. can be part of the equation.)

Is it 100% iron-clad fully restricted to the above? No. I'm not going to say there's never been an instance where academics, politics, or some other non-athletic factor played a role. But fundamentally, you choose your sports partners based on sports. You'd be a fool to do otherwise. I chose my accountant based on his ability to do my taxes and advise me on financial decisions. It'd be cool if he liked cars or playing volleyball, because those are things I love and value, but I didn't pick him based on shared interests, I picked him based on what I needed from him.

And from the member institution perspective, conferences are certainly about sports and have approximately zero to do with academics. VT didn't want to get in the Big East or the ACC to up it's academic game...we were looking for better athletics homes. If WVU was expressing interested in the ACC, it was to make their athletic department, not their college of arts and sciences, healthier. I've seen VT go from Metro to A-10 to Big East to ACC. While we've seen great evolution and improvements in academics over those decades, it didn't have anything to do conference membership.

(In response to this post by VTHokie2000)

Posted: 03/08/2018 at 5:15PM


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Current Thread:
Hypothetical -- SoCloseHokie 03/06/2018 07:58AM
  Academically, the Big 10 (14) but.... -- Old Line Hokie 03/06/2018 3:58PM
  If schools start deciding that academic conferences -- VTHokie2000 03/06/2018 12:23PM
  B1G and it’s not even close..... -- CrystalCoveHokie 03/06/2018 09:15AM
  You are correct ** -- Hamburger 03/07/2018 05:40AM
  I think you are spot on... -- 2hhoop3 03/06/2018 11:25AM
  Athletics wouldn't be a driver -- Pylons 03/06/2018 11:20AM
  ACC is and should be home! ** -- Lakeridgehokie 03/06/2018 09:12AM
  I agree but it was hypothetical ** -- SoCloseHokie 03/06/2018 09:48AM
  Either would suck for the fans -- EDGEMAN 03/06/2018 08:55AM
  Rutgers vs BC - Not sure they is any win in that! ** -- Lakeridgehokie 03/06/2018 10:37AM
  That would be a whole lot of fun. ** -- reestuart 03/06/2018 1:12PM
  Much prefer ACC. Want nothing to do with SEC. ** -- reestuart 03/06/2018 08:03AM
  I guess I still don't equate "us" with the ACC. -- MP4VT2004 03/23/2018 10:24PM
  I should have included the TIC in that post. ** -- Byting Gobbler 03/27/2018 10:28PM

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