Today is a good day for a poll. Query–if Notre Dame was to shock the world by going “all-in” for the ACC, giving it 15 teams, who would you like for team #16? Let’s assume that schools from the SEC, Big XII, and Big 10 are out of the mix because…. they are. Nobody is taking a pay cut to join the ACC. It is what it is.
- Connecticut. Pros–outstanding hoops (mens and womens) & competent football, with at least one BCS appearance. Rivalries with Syracuse and Pitt, and a huge rivalry potential with Boston College. Even Duke-UConn womens hoops would be huge. Cons–only competent football, not outstanding football. Geographical overlap with Boston College. Not a pedigreed football name.
- Cincinnati. Pros–new market (southern Ohio), good football recently, and some decent hoops. Close to Pittsburgh & Louisville for potential rivalries. Cons–small market, as Ohio is dominated by Ohio State, while neighboring Kentucky is swallowed by Louisville and Kentucky.
- Navy. Pros–national name and a partner for Notre Dame. Back into the Maryland/DC market. Cons–terrible hoops in the post-David Robinson era. Football would not exactly be an upgrade–although it is hard to say that Navy is demonstrably worse than UConn or Cincinnati in the big picture.
- South Florida. Pros–outstanding location for football recruiting and potential. Cons–ACC already has the Florida market in check with Miami and FSU. Hoops team has not done much, and the football team has underachieved of late. Not a national name by any stretch.
- Temple. Pros–Philly market, good hoops history, and potential for football. Cons–football has been more bad than good in the modern era, especially in the absence of a certain Mr. Golden.
- Hybrid craziness. Let’s say #16 gets to be UConn for hoops, Navy for football, and Johns Hopkins for lacrosse–take it or leave it, folks. Or some other combination, like VCU for hoops subbing in for a UConn not being happy with a partial membership.
Anyone else out there? This seems to be the list.
Who do you like and why?