The Bishin Cutter wrote:
The ACC needs to be smart about this next move, if 14 is the number they are looking to remain for some amount of time. This is where the conference needs to recall Machiavellian tactics to emphatically end the Big East's life by ripping the lone, remaining eastern school that fields both football and basketball. It's time to tap UConn.
If the ACC goes soft on academics and enlists Louisville, it leaves schools like UConn, UMass, Navy, and Army out there to rebuild under a different banner that will complicate both the ACC and Big Ten's place in the region. It's not that these programs are big time by national standards...they are just big schools in considerable markets, and they are flagships. What you get with UL, Cincy, Memphis, Houston, USF, and whatnot...that's old C-USA...let it rot out there in the wilderness that is the mid-south.
Add Temple to the list of eastern all-sports schools that would be remaining.
Here's a thought Notre Dame could be telling Swofford. Add Navy to the ACC for fb only. It replaces a school in the State of Maryland for fb, keeps #s' balanced, adds a permanent ND opponent for fb, no academic issues, and a name with strong national recognition. ND would love hybrid company for the other end.
For the ACC though, adding UCONN fits the mantra best.