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Academics are overplayed in many instances...

Louisville is a good example. Although I still contend that UL's academics aren't bad when you consider there are more than 2,600 colleges and universities in the United States, too many conference realignment enthusiasts are quick to discard them as a lesser valued academic institution. The fact is, UL is still within the top 7% of U.S. Universities academically. So are VCU, JMU, Cincinnati, ECU and others like them. All good schools that can land you a good job when you graduate.

The problem IMO is that too many folks rely on highly publicized college rankings. I'm of the opinion that some schools will never move up significantly in those rankings because the matrices weigh too many other things besides academics. And, some schools work those publicized rankings to their advantage by doctoring class room sizes, creating unique niche programs that are not common to all other universities, gaming college entrance requirements, etc. Sometimes it's as simple as good PR too. And some schools are gifted with good climates, location near/within desired towns or historical relevance.

Some people get bent out of shape when they see a particular school ranking and compare it with their alma mater. UL, WVU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma St, WSU and some other PAC and SEC schools are typically between the top 5 and 7% of U.S. Universities. They're all P5 worthy because their academics aren't anything to laugh at, but mainly because they invest tons of money to ATHLETIC programs. A few G5s fit the bill too.

The fact that some think WVU has no place in the ACC are hypocritical, prejudiced and/or simply following the bandwagon. As long as football drives the bus, WVU will always add value to a P5 conference.

(In response to this post by EDGEMAN)

Posted: 09/06/2017 at 8:28PM


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Someone please tell me that ACC leadership watched the game! -- VT ChemE 1986 09/06/2017 10:48AM
  I don't advocate the ACC expanding further, but -- hokie-c 09/14/2017 09:17AM
  A couple of thoughts on WVU -- Wolfman 09/10/2017 12:09PM
  I'd rather have WVU -- mancunian 09/07/2017 10:57AM
  Re: I'd rather have WVU -- surroundedbyhokies 09/08/2017 2:29PM
  For all the slandering of poor hillbillies of WV... -- Maroon Baboon 09/06/2017 7:52PM
  Uppity Mountaineers? -- surroundedbyhokies 09/10/2017 7:34PM
  WVU -- Millpoint 09/06/2017 3:01PM
  That might be enough to flip the Hoo vote ** -- jmanatVT 09/06/2017 3:58PM
  Agree! ** -- ACCJesse 09/06/2017 2:46PM
  Point Regarding Acadamics -- VT Rockie 09/07/2017 09:04AM
  Academics are overplayed in many instances... -- Calamitous 09/06/2017 8:28PM
  Well said -- Millpoint 09/06/2017 9:35PM
  LOL. It's all about $$$$$$$$$ ** -- ACCJesse 09/06/2017 2:46PM
  Well stated 2hhoops3 ** -- hokie4ever 09/06/2017 2:30PM
  Wasn't the same thing also said when F$U was added? -- EDGEMAN 09/06/2017 12:58PM
  I feel the same way about WVU... -- Calamitous 09/06/2017 8:44PM

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