The ACC ultimately signed away more rights than its competing conferences, and it did so for a smaller payout. The proposed changes to college football’s postseason are also expected to add even more pressure for conference realignment. The end of the ACC as we know it seems inevitable, and the conference has only itself to blame.
The boosters, bloggers and fans driving the "ditch the ACC" agenda could not have orchestrated a more effective misinformation campaign. Their bluster and volume have drowned out the more reserved voices which have called for a deeper inspection of this issue. Any one of these myths taking hold would be powerful, all five taking hold has had extraordinary influence.
It's no secret why the ACC is considered a weakling football league and doesn't have the drawing power or TV allure of the big-boy conferences. It's not that the ACC has let down Florida State; it's that Florida State – and Miami – have let down the ACC. If these two programs had remained the dominant, dynastic powers they were a decade ago, the ACC would be considered one of the premier leagues in college football. Instead, the Seminoles and Hurricanes have become the biggest disappointment along Tobacco Road since the Marlboro Man snuffed out his last cigarette.
This is not to say the Seminoles don't have every right to explore the possibility of moving to the Big 12 and making significantly more TV money, but spare us the whining about the ACC being a basketball conference. The reason it's a basketball conference is because FSU and Miami have failed miserably in making it a football conference.
I've updated the Conference Changes for 2013-14 page with this info.
Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but between work and moving, I haven't had a ton of time.
We've heard some rumors of you guys flirting with the Big 12. What's going on there?
TN: It's all rumor on our end as well. But I do believe FSU is constantly examining its options.
On a related note, as an FSU fan, do you want out of the ACC? And if so, would you prefer the Big 12 or the SEC?
TN: I do, for a variety of reasons mostly relating to the conference preferring hoops over football while the football schools bring in the money, and preferential treatment for the Tobacco Road schools. And yeah, the SEC is a much better fit geographically and culturally.
It’s much easier to stay in than get knocked out and try to get back in," Luck said. "That was always the fear. I’m not trying to say the Big East is on the outside looking in, but clearly, with the loss of so many good teams in the last 10 years between VT, Miami, BC, Pitt, TCU, there’s a lot of top 20 football teams that had left and are playing in other conferences."
But the bigger issue hasn’t changed much for the Pirates, who have more fans and generally more football success than any of their peers but can’t make an upgrade in conference status.
The ACC and Big East don’t think ECU has enough of a television market base to justify getting a bid.
If traditional athletic logic carried any weight, the Pirates long ago would have been in the ACC or the Big East.
But since conference leaders in the ACC and Big East care more about annexing television markets than programs and fan bases with true regional athletic substance, the Pirates can’t catch a break.
McGarity said Thursday that a new model would be used for 2013 and beyond. It’s not known what that model will be, but it will not be a nine-game schedule, Bloom said. The SEC has repeatedly asserted it is not adding another conference game since expanding to include Missouri and Texas A&M.
The inept leadership of the Big East caused the conference re-alignment we are now experiencing. I'm not only talking about the Big East losing teams. I'm talking ALL the conference re-alignment nonsense. If the Big East had allowed the football school to control their own destiny outside of the votes of our catholic brothers, the college football landscape would be much different. The shuffling of teams may have happened anyway, but the current state of re-alignment is directly attributable to the lack of leadership with the Big East offices in Providence.
West Virginia is headed to the Big 12, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, a move that leaves the Big East with five football programs and an uncertain future. The person said Tuesday that the Mountaineers had "applied and are accepted," leaving only legal entanglements from making the move official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been formally announced.