ACC & Expansion: August Discussion~Texas
The folks over at Frank the Tank have been having some fun with expansion scenarios involving Big XII teams. As always, it is the imperialistic Big 10 looking to find colonies (schools) in new lands (markets). One person even posed the Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas/UConn idea. Well, our ACC is in a battle for survival. It is “eat” or “be eaten.” The Confidential believes that it is the ACC that needs to have its eyes on Texas. Any conference would be glad to have Texas, if the ACC can pull it off, it would cement the conference in the top 4. But how to do it?
Let’s address those who say that Texas to the ACC is impossible. Texas and the ACC have talked in the past. See Chip Brown’s article as to why Texas would want the ACC. This predates the Confidential. And Texas to the ACC would be that much smoother given ESPN’s role with the Longhorn Network and the ACC.
Why would Texas move? Notre Dame has set in motion the potential for creativity. Texas could be allowed to keep the rights to some games as a lure to get them on board. For all the talk of “setting precedent,” the only thing that matters is survival. The Big East did not fail because Miami made more money than Rutgers. The Big East failed because Miami left for more money. The Big East did not fail because it was a hybrid. It failed because it could not come up with a financial model that worked well enough for its best schools.
Giving special treatment may not be necessary in the Big 10 or SEC, but the ACC is not looking to compete with those conferences–it is looking to survive and thrive. The Confidential is of a mindset that the Big XII and ACC may end up in a battle to the death. There may not be room for 5 conferences. Becoming the #4 conference is much more important than how you get there. So do whatever it takes to get Texas and worry about it later.
How to do it? Presumably, Texas cannot move without Texas Tech or Oklahoma. The latter presumably cannot move without Oklahoma State. So there you go… a foursome that will likely travel en masse. How might that look?
How about this for the first four years:
Northeast: Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt, Louisville
Atlantic: North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Coastal: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Wake Forest
Southwest: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas
Sure, it stinks for Wake Forest–but the reality is that Wake Forest simply does not have a position to argue right now. If the ACC implodes, Wake Forest will be the team most likely to not find a seat. It is what it is.
But, with these uneven pods, the Northeast and Southwest could swap between the Atlantic and Coastal to always have an 8 game schedule. If a 9 game schedule… then the NE and SW could rotate through one game, same with the Atlantic and Coastal. This way… a Northeast team would always play each other… play the Atlantic and Coastal teams every other year… and play a Southwest team every 4 years. It’s not perfect. The loss of games between the Atlantic and Coastal schools is troubling.
The Coastal would have four solid football schools, all located in close proximity. A good way to beef up the strength of schedule.
Notre Dame? Work in their 5 game obligation, as possible.
Another option would be to go to 20 and have pods of 5, rotating more broadly. Presumably, some duo of UConn, West Virginia, Kansas, Baylor, and TCU would be in the mix for that.
The pod configurations could be changed after four years to allow more of the historical ACC rivalries to resume again. There are certainly a lot of options.
What do you think? Should the ACC pursue Texas at all costs?