The Bishin Cutter wrote:
But even just for football...if there's a similar story about Navy making calls and them going unanswered or cut off for affiliate/partial membership, the ACC is under some pretty bad leadership. I honestly wouldn't put it past the ACC to turn that down, too.
I've heard contemplation about Navy as a partial member to the ACC for fb. One may assume it could be a part of going to 16 if the ACC decided to go there. The problem is that the ACC is hoping Notre Dame would make a full fb commitment. We've heard that scenario before in other conference situations for quiet a few years. Now, I guess the ACC could do three 5-team pods with 15 in fb if just Navy fb was added. If the ACC did that, they would still be waiting on Notre Dame for a full commitment. Such would not bode well for the hopes of UConn, Cincy, or WVU if they were able to break loose, unless the ACC was the recipient of additional extractions.
There's indication that Notre Dame is one of the big problems with the ACC trying to get a scheduling agreement with the SEC.
Including a school(s) for a minor sport(s) such as soccer or lacrosse is not uncommon among conferences. Doing such with just basketball-plus, or just football in particular, often invites problems. But Navy fb alone, could be OK. Maybe we need to see how Navy copes with the AAC if that indeed occurs. If that shows positive results, then a future transition to the ACC may be contemplated later.
We have observed the way the ACC has done things, and even understand why. But that doesn't mean their decisions are always smart. When institutional types grow in diversity, diverging priorities also can take a life of their own, and some get frustrated and look elsewhere.