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June 30, 2003

Race to the Bottom

Miami has accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Had I my druthers, the invitation to Miami would have never been issued. Nor would one have ever gone out to Florida State. For me, this what what the ACC would look like, ideally;

North Carolina
NC State
Wake Forest
East Carolina
South Carolina
Virginia Tech

Not much of a television footprint at all, which means no money to speak of, but the rivalries would be intense. A 12 team league doesn't allow for that. The end product may make more money, but it's also more boring.

Of course, were it up to me I'd restrict athletic scholarships each year based on the number of athletic scholarship holders who had graduated the previous year. If the football team only managed to graduate three players in 2003, then come 2004 that's the number of scholarship freshmen on the team.

I'm obviously not college president material. Money is far more important these days than graduates are.

Posted by Bigwig at June 30, 2003 04:03 PM | TrackBack
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No Maryland or GT? Other than that, I completely agree with your picks. Would love to see East and South Carolina in the league. Maybe Georgia. Miami doesn't fit the league. VT might.

Posted by: Kehaar at June 30, 2003 05:06 PM

Of course Va Tech, with all of their posturing about "how dare the ACC bust up our little football league" look like the biggest hypocrites this side of of Jimmy Swaggert and Jim & Tammy Faye.

Of course Miami and Syracuse would be a good fit for the ACC. Half of the people from Syracuse have moved to North Carolina -- your pal OmniBill being one of them. Hell, I'm half Orangeman, half Tarheel, and I promise you, that I would have blogged many an entertaining meltdown during hoops & 'ball season when the two teams met... never mind the epic lax shootouts that would have occurred.

Moreover, if Syracuse is a fit, then so is Miami, since the other half of Upstate New York's residents now live in Florida -- albeit in dingy Fort Meyers and other retirement cities. And how can you really dis' the 'Caines? They have the academic sophistication of Clem(p)son (the "P" is invisible, not silent), the manners of Maryland fans, and they're in a town that is the perfect hedonistic counterweight to Wake Forest's Winston Salem -- about which a visiting buddy once said, "this is a tough town to be a pervert in."

Adding B.C. would have made the league perfect - jeez, I can almost hear the chants of "Yankee go home" echoing out of Carter Finley, and the visiting team answering back with chants of "We would if you morons knew how handle traffic." Coming from people who live in Boston, that would have been a dire, pot-calling-the-kettle-black kind of insult.

But no, Swofford had to go for more chicken fried steak, albeit this time with a side of salsa and fried plantains.

Oh yeah, and by the way, you are welcome to Governor Mark Warner. You think your governor in NC is a dick? Well, he is... but he's nothing compared to Warner, a techie millionaire who thinks that because he knows web routers, he knows politics too. Thanks to Virginia's insanely parochial politics, Va Tech is now joining the ACC, and Marc Warner has a veto (two votes) over any major ACC business decisions. Good job, Swofford - you wanker.

Yes, I'm bitter, because it means Syracuse will now likely join the Big Ten, giving them even numbers. Don't be shocked to see SU, West Virginia and Pitt leaning to the Big Ten, making for two nicely sized 7 team conferences, a la the SEC.

I was really looking forward to going to Chapel Hill for football games. Nice weather, work on the tan in October, drink 7 big beers at he's not, throw up on Franklin Street, and eat at 2:30 AM at Timeout Chicken. Now I'm probably going to wind up packing a sweater and going to friggin' Wisconsin, and eating at a BW3 that is easily just as bad as the one in Chapel Hill. You Bastards.

Posted by: Omnibus Bill at June 30, 2003 06:14 PM

I agree with Bigwigs' ideas save one. IIRC the South Carolina Gamecocks were in the ACC once before and left of their own choosing.

Screw them. Not just hell no, but...

Posted by: Jim Gwyn at June 30, 2003 06:43 PM

I never liked Miami in the Big East. It didn't seem right.

Posted by: Michele at June 30, 2003 09:21 PM

I think Duke should now drop football and join the Big East.

Go Duke! Go to Hell Carolina, Go to Hell!

Posted by: Hermetic at July 1, 2003 10:22 AM

UNC would never allow East Carolina in the ACC. They consider the folks at ECU to be a bunch of goobers... and would never stoop to allowing them in the same league.

I'm a Georgia Tech grad, and would rather see them in the ACC than anywhere else. They were SEC members in their peak years, but the academics don't match up. They are a Vanerbilt-like academic institution, not like many of the others.

Posted by: Don in Jax at July 2, 2003 07:45 AM
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