If Maryland Leaves… the ACC NEEDS to Placate Florida State!
The Atlantic Coast Conference leadership must walk into Florida State’s athletic department and ask them who the ACC should add. If Florida State says “Louisville,” then the ACC needs to go for it. If Florida State says “Boise State,” then the ACC needs to do it. If Florida State says “Gardner-Webb,” then the ACC needs to do it. If Florida State says “Betty White and 70 other 70-year olds,” only then should the ACC pause for a moment before agreeing.
You see… this next move MUST… repeat…. MUST be about football. The conference needs to do whatever is necessary to keep Florida State happy. Nobody else is walking out the door if Florida State does not. Keep Florida State happy and the conference is safe.
Sure, UConn has the coastal location and basketball pedigree. But they are not a football draw. And, frankly, Louisville and Rick Pitino are every bit the basketball program that UConn is in the post-Calhoun era. The ACC should have taken West Virginia along with Pitt and Syracuse. That would have left the spot for Notre Dame and given the league a football power (WVU), a basketball power (Syracuse), and a little of both and the glue between them (Pitt).
If the ACC thumbs its nose at Florida State again, it might as well start writing its obituary. Maybe the ACC will survive in the same way that the Big East survives to this day. But it will never be the same.
ACC… please keep Florida State happy!