David Glenn of the ACC Sports Journal is reporting that the ACC will hold an expansion vote tomorrow. As most are aware, an expansion vote requires 75% approval. According to the report, five schools have expressed an interest: Louisville, UConn, Cincinnati, Navy, and South Florida. Of these, Louisville has the best chance of being accepted, according to Glenn.
This does not mean that Louisville will get voted in. Mark Blaudschun has tweeted that Louisville is currently one vote short. The speculation is that North Carolina, Virginia, Duke, and/or Wake Forest are opposed to the move. This means, of course, that the schools that care about football–Virginia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and Miami–are in favor of the move. One would think Boston College would be in favor of the move too, as it would prevent neighboring UConn from immediately joining.
While the Confidential understands that Virginia and North Carolina may be apprehensive about allowing a school of Louisville’s academic pedigree to join, the Confidential thinks that the better course of action is to invest in Louisville to make the adjustments to improve academically. Associating with the ACC will improve Louisville’s reputation far more than any school’s reputation will be hurt. And Louisville is an extremely competitive basketball program–picture Duke-Louisville and North Carolina-Louisville conference matchups. With the ability to take football to the next level, this is really a home run for the ACC.
Some may say that this will cause Virginia to leave. But if Virginia leaves over this, Virginia was looking for a reason to leave. This move will stabilize the ACC (as much as that is possible in the current landscape), which should be in the interests of all ACC institutions. Making Florida State happy is, you know, probably a good idea.
So if the ACC adds Louisville, then this will be a happy day for everyone south of Storrs. As the musical chairs continues, there is no reason to think that this would be the last move. UConn will end up somewhere eventually, especially if there are further defections from the ACC.