fighting muskie wrote:
sec03--I believe the controversy over scheduling is indicative of an over-reaching problem within the ACC. The interests of individual schools with the conference are so diverse that it is nearly impossible for those 15 members to agree upon anything. There are so many factions and varying interests--you have a southern block--Miami, FSU, Clemson, GT (who sometimes sides with Tobacco Rd), VT and Louisville; Tobacco Road--UNC Duke, UNC, NC St, WF, and UVA; the Northeasterners--BC, Pitt, Cuse; and then Notre Dame has an agenda all their own. The only real remedy for the problem would be for the Big Ten and SEC a total of 10 members from the league. 10 votes would allow the ACC to disband and for the member schools to all move on. However getting Delany and Slive to work together to dismantle the ACC would be a touch task.
I certainly agree the ACC has an over-reaching problem. Good point about diversity as well.
I do think, for now, given the promises Swofford has sold (ACC network, bowl deals, etc.) and the yearning to retain tradition among some of the ACC old timers, that most of the members really want to hang together. Some know there is no place to go that's better for them. For a few of the members, it is wait and see from matters such as the outcome with the Maryland lawsuit, to seeing if the GoR keeps solidarity and hope it makes for better TV deals in comparison with the other power conferences.
I do think Slive and Delany work together and agree on a lot of things. In terms of the last expansion, both were on separate pages about it. Both took B12 schools, the B1G first with Nebraska, the SEC with Texas A&M and Mizzou. The SEC still had two more schools than the B1G, which was probably a factor in the B1G making further expansion at the time and turning their attention to the eastern seaboard. The B1G explored a desire to go even beyond 14, eyeing the ACC's AAU public universities. That got the SEC's attention in making their own overtures (the UNC w/Duke stuff) to certain ACC schools just in case. The problem got down to interests in basically the same schools--UNC, UVA, (GT for the B1G), etc. as a matter of turf. Had the B1G agreed and accepted on FSU as a start, I believe that could have broken the ACC before the GoR. Then GT could have fallen to them.
Starting with Maryland is logical, but going after the core of UNC and UVA as a priority forced the circle of wagons quickly.
If a school really does not want to leave, it gets down to keep making increasing financial offers. Those four schools that left the B12 all were all in the mindset to leave. To extract further from the ACC, if the GoR can ever be overcome, maybe first court the ones that really want to hear your offers, and that the conference would find acceptable.