The First Bank & Trust Friday Q&A: Realignment, The Portal, And The Football Turnaround

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Whit Babcock is trying to position the football program as well as possible for future realignment. (Ivan Morozov)

1) Starting to feel like the ACC is a dead carcass on the side of the road getting picked over by the B1G and SEC buzzard$ for talented athletes and coaches. It’s not an even playing field where the ACC can financially compete, and the longer it goes on, the worse the situation will get. The ACC appears to be dying a death by a thousand cuts. The longer this goes on, the less the ACC will have left to compete with, even if it does eventually get into the P2. Is it time for VT to cut bait and join with Clemson and FSU to stop the bleeding? — Sportn

Chris Coleman: It’s been a fun week, hasn’t it? Let’s torture ourselves some more by talking about conference realignment!

Remember when Big East schools got together and sued the ACC when it was trying to poach Miami, Boston College and Syracuse back in 2003? Virginia Tech was a part of that lawsuit. Then, when the ACC changed its mind and decided to take Tech, the Hokies withdrew from the lawsuit and accepted the invitation. We were roundly criticized for it, and I suppose I would have felt the same way had I been a WVU or Pitt fan. But these days, I think everybody realizes that everyone is in it for themselves.

This time around, nobody is suing the SEC or Big Ten. It’s just not going to work in the first place, and everybody knows they would accept an SEC or Big Ten offer in a heartbeat if they received one, so why damage relations? Instead, things have changed so much since 2003 that schools are now suing their own league to get out. It’s crazy.

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