ACC Fans… Are You Rooting For Syracuse and Louisville?
There is no secret here… Syracuse is joining the ACC later in 2013 and Louisville will be joining in 2014. While the two went to bowls games this past season in football, both schools are known for having near-elite, if not elite, basketball programs. It is not the least bit surprising that Syracuse and Louisville are part of this Final Four. The question is whether YOU, the grizzled ACC fan raised on a rivalry with the Big East, will be rooting for Syracuse.
The Confidential will argue that you should A Syracuse-Louisville matchup will look that much better for the 2013-2014 preseason. Recruiting battles can be won by these two schools if they meet in the Championship game. Sure, these recruiting battles may be won anyway–but why not want them to have every edge. You WANT these programs to be good.
The SEC is a great football conference because it is so very deep. The Big East has been a great basketball conference because of its depth. The ACC needs to put together that kind of basketball depth too. The football should be deep, but it just is not there yet. Until the football teams rise up in out-of-conference games and the best programs stop getting upset, the ACC will have to ride its basketball teams.
Well, that starts this weekend. Syracuse and Louisville may not have placed in the ACC standings in 2012-2013 (except here, of course), but they will be soon enough. The better they do, the better for the ACC.
So you tell us… if you are not a fan of Syracuse or Louisville, are you going to be rooting for your future ACC brethren this weekend?