The B12 could enhance themselves by expanding. There are possibilites, but very limited in quality choices for their purpose. When they added WVU, they refused to take also Louisville, let alone Cincinnati. The conference had to know WVU, alone, would be sticking out there like a sore thumb in terms of a geographic connection. But Bowlsby's tenure has added nothing once he came onboard. His comments about expansion have been more status quo than any commissioner out there, and the conference is two less than what they had before, and two less to even match their name. The conference does not want a CCG if it means expanding, and apparently refuse to add with anybody willing.
Agree with everything but I think the ACC learned from not taking WVU and took Lville over UConn to stop the Big 12 from getting them.
If they were earlier trying to court FSU and Clemson, that went no-where. Frankly, most of that, then, was alot of unsubstantiated rumors and speculation, and later was suggested as moves once the B1G and SEC extracted whom they wanted from the ACC.
Not according the to UNC emails..it was real but yes probably in reaction to the SEC/B1G rumors.
The B12 needs more market footprint, and bring in way more fans and more appealing rivalries to the conference. BYU could help in this. Cincy may not add a whole heap, but it is probably the only plausible choice for heading in the direction of WVU. CSU, UNM, Wyoming, etc., are certainly not particularly distinguished in dimensions sought; but it could be more of 'come and build'. I really don't see where the Florida schools are going to do grand things for schools in the plains states and southwest.
Yes to BYU, but adding WVU makes it hard to add them as the Big 12 would have 2 islands in opposite directions. Florida is for recruiting and TV numbers, not really interest. Rivalries are cool but I don't think you'll see any quality adds.
It may be true that some schools in the B12 have strong interest to really move to another major conference and are just playing the waiting game. Yet, they all embraced the GoR. With what the ACC has done, the B12 still will not budge about further expansion. The odd thing is they still have dandy schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and maybe a couple of more. But to elevate themselves further with the power-5, adding new and formidable fans bases with connecting locales would help.
With no great targets and 2-3 major conferences around wanting to poach them I don't think the Big 12 has a prayer once UT/OU bounce out, which they will.
B12 is indeed a strange (less a point about right or wrong) conference with some of their decisions. But that does not excuse the ACC either. The ACC invited ND to leech on them, refused to accept WVU but Louisville was fine for replacing Maryland, a charter member they lost. That great northeast domination they sought got pricked by the B1G taking their Maryland plus adding Rutgers. One day, that ACC core in North Carolina (and Virginia) will get busted. The B12 may or may not survive in the future. In either case, the ACC will ultimately be on the recieving end of more substantial change also.
The Big 12 will fall back to the MWC level and raid the AAC West and basically try to own the central time zone, the AAC East will basically become a new revision of the Big East.
The ACC will have enough schools to refill w/ Cincy, WVU, UConn, and possibly Temple and stay near the same level of the Big 3 even w/o UNC/UVA and a few others like GT/FSU. They'll clearly be the worst of the 4 but still have enough decent teams to have a quality fb team every few years.
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