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What could have been had the ACC imploded in 2012

Maryland was out the door, and the Big12 had been talking to FSU and Clemson. I think if the other conferences had been a little more farsighted, they could have brought about the demise of the ACC.

1. In addition to Maryland, the Big10 also offers UVA and VT. That gives them a mortal lock on the D.C. market. The Big10 East would be those three, PSU, Rutgers, Ohio State, Michigan and MSU.

2. Provided a TV network is part of the deal, the Big12 proposes a merger with part of the ACC to form an 18-team mega-conference. In addition to FSU and Clemson, also added are Miami, GT, and NC State. Wake is also added at the behest of NCSU. Rounding it out are Pitt and Louisville. The Big12 East would be those 8, plus WVU. Geography is not that big of a problem, as there would only be one crossover game annually with a team from the Western division.

3. Realizing the ACC is doomed, UNC and Duke jump ship to the SEC. Not needing any more football strength, the SEC would welcome what those two bring to the table for basketball and academics. They would both have a natural rival in Kentucky. And UNC would fit right in with the, uh, shadier aspects of the SEC. Missouri would be moved to the West, and the East would consist of six state flagship universities, and two quality private institutions.

That would leave BC and Syracuse. At this point, any exit fees would probably be unenforceable.

Posted: 07/09/2017 at 5:44PM


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What could have been had the ACC imploded in 2012 -- I85Hokie 07/09/2017 5:44PM
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