The guy had been there for 20 years. He deserved some respect and more courteous - and discreet - handling of his release (by whatever name).
Of course, the ACC will probably run the numbers and accept the application...
The ACC will probably accept the application because they are a school with strong academics, the best women's basketball program in the country (and one that can actually generate revenue for the league...they sell out cameron/carmichael every time they play there), one of the top mens basketball programs in the country, a football team just off a BCS bowl, and a handful of other very strong sports. They have pretty much the entire state of connecticut as their TV market, without any competition, and national recognition. The only detractor, as some have pointed out, are the mens basketball violations, and with half the ACC with teams on probation, this is hardly out of place. Not to mention the calhoun era will likely be over by the time they can join.
Of course, this whole realignment thing is about the money, but its not like when Uconn gets here they will be the black sheep of the conference. Like it or not (and most people here don't), Uconn has a lot to offer to the ACC.
i am gonna hurl if uconn becomes and acc member..
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Assuming we watch the big 12 and big east implode, I think we have a modest but decent chance of getting one of notre dame and Penn state. their long-term academic and possibly financial pictures would be improved, and their presidents might go for it. if we get one of them but not the other, I can see going for rutgers--who'd lust for the chance--or vandy, which should also be considering whether it wants to be a good regional university or a duke, northwestern, or Stanford. I'd be a little sick to my stomach if we stoop to uconn.
Why are people still mentioning Penn State as a possible ACC member? They're not leaving the B1G, period. Do you think the people running Penn State are in the habit of selling $20 for $10? Because even a 16 team ACC won't pay out more per school than the Big 10 does. No school is leaving the Big 10, SEC, or Pac-12.
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First, they're just not going to make a hasty decision about jumping conferences. This is a school that has a football coach who has worked there for 60 years. It's not a "flavor of the day" type of school.
Second, they fit in quite well with the B1G.
A couple of random thoughts in response to some posts on this thread...
1) I don't think that the ACC need Rutgers in order to solidify a NYC market. Syracuse has all but done that by scheduling several home games over the next few years at the Meadowlands.
2) If the Big East falls or no longer has the clout of old, would the ACC ever consider including Madison Square Garden as a rotating site for the BBall Tourney? That would be awesome, especially for Duke.
Swofford has already said he'd be interested in hosting the ACC tournament there, or at least in new york, but since its unlikely the big east will cease to exist, even if its the 8 non football schools, its likely that since they would still have st johns and several other big time bball schools (gtown, ND, marquette, villanova...along with providence, depaul, and seton hall) they would still be able to swing the garden. It's also unlikely that the football conference will cease to exist, in my opinion, since even if they lose 2 more teams to the ACC, I doubt the SEC is interested in the remainder, and the b1g seems happy with 12, and also wouldn't want the remainder. That leaves 5 football teams in the leauge, 6 when you add villanova, and the last 2 big 12 teams (assuming 4 go to the pac and 4 to the SEC, and they might take 2. but either way, that leaves the big east at a viable 8, and the possibility of adding more schools from down south (perhaps rice? SMU?) So even in a worst case scenario, the big east likely won't dissolve, it will just be unrecognizable.
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