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More Realignment Craziness: Louisville to the ACC in 2014

While Maryland prepares to exit stage left, the ACC decided to go for sporting power over academic prowess in choosing the Cardinals over UConn.

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ACC Votes for Louisville to Replace Maryland in 20

Well, though it seemed most people were thinking UConn would be the replacement for the Terps once they leave the ACC, Louisville swooped in early this morning as the ACC presidents and chancellors voted to add the Cardinals as their 14th member in 2014, the 6th team the ACC will now have poached from the Big East. Ultimately, the choice was clearly an athletics-over-academics one:

Louisville's teams make more profit for their school than UConn's do. Louisville's football fans are more widely passionate than UConn's are. These are the things that would matter in a better conference realignment world, and for once they've mattered. That they happen to align with what ACC football powers Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech likely want is a friendly coincidence for, well, everybody but UConn fans, whom we certainly feel bad for.

That the Big 12 has also been interested in Louisville helped, Pete Thamel reports, meaning this is two times the ACC has picked a school in part to keep the Big 12 away from its turf (along with Pitt).

UConn also has academics superior to Louisville's. That sounds like a very noble reason why UConn should be considered ahead of Louisville, I guess. But this is a sports league, and there's nothing stopping Georgia Tech and Duke from being academic friends with UConn if they want.

As Brian Barbour at Tar Heel Blog points out, this certainly does adopt a bit of an academic black sheep into the conference:

The ACC prides itself on being a conference with members ranked in the in top 100 or so of the US News and World Report college rankings. Louisville is 160th and will be the lowest ranked ACC member by a good bit. NC State is currently the lowest ranked school at 106.

Well, that number may not be great... but with this influx of great basketball teams maybe we'll actually win the ACC-Big Ten Challenge again in 2014!


Maryland to the Big Ten; What's Next for ACC?

How will the ACC react to its first taste of realignment attrition? It's too risky to do nothing, but it may be riskier to make the wrong move.


UM Replacement: UConn, Louisville, Cincy or USF?

According to CBS Sports, the ACC is moving very fast in seeking a replacement for Maryland, and the leading candidate to join the ACC looks to be UConn, who could announce as soon as tomorrow that it is leaving the Big East for coastal waters. Fans looking for competitiveness are still hoping Louisville makes it to the forefront, since their football and basketball teams would likely be the most competitive across the board in the ACC, but in terms of television market Connecticut is the more alluring draw for the conference.

Should either UConn or Louisville fall through, sources are saying the next two candidates in line would be Cincinnatti and South Florida, the idea of either of which makes me throw up in my mouth just a little.


3 Big Reasons Maryland is Leaving the ACC

With the Terrapins on the brink of leaving the ACC for the Big 10, a lot of ACC fans are probably left reeling, given the fact that this wasn't really on anyone's radar as recently as, oh, three days ago. But for anyone interested in why Maryland is exiting stage right, Testudo Times has an absolute must-read on the 3 big reasons Maryland is leaving the conference, including dropping some truth bombs about the conference's overall lack of stability despite the coup of getting Notre Dame this past summer:

With the conference securing a merely average TV deal despite giving away third-tier rights, the likes of FSU and Clemson never bought into the idea entirely, as either fanbase will tell you. FSU in particular never stopped looking longingly at the Big 12.[...] Were either to leave - or, Juan forbid, both - the ACC's brand and financial clout would be hugely, cripplingly undercut. At that point, finances would become a problem in the ACC. The conference would be on its way to becoming the New Big East, and that's something that Maryland, in its precarious position, could ill afford.

The the ACC as the "New Big East"... (*shudders*). As TT points out, the most interesting thing to keep an eye on is whether or not UM will be able to bargain down - or sue their way out of - the $50 million exit fee that the ACC put in place to seemingly make it highly unattractive to leave. If they do, you could be seeing FSU and Clemson headed for the door next.


Terps Take Money & Run: Maryland to Big 10 in 2014

Sources indicate the Maryland Board of Regents voted unanimously to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference and leave the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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