fighting muskie wrote:
The ACC is not looking very healthy financially at the moment http://www.btpowerhouse.com/2015/11/6/9 ... lining-acc
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I see the Big 12 and the ACC needing to take the best of both to compete with the other three top financial power leagues.
It would probably be more easy for the Big 12 to expand with 6 schools compared to the ACC dropping some small schools and adding some schools to reach 16.
The Big 12 could take Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Pitt, and Louisville.
Texas and Notre Dame could both go Independent and remain in more basketball orientated ACC league with small private schools and large independent football schools.
Big 12 East: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Pitt, Louisville
Big 12 West: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State
The merged ACC and Big 12 with football orientated schools could then look at working with FOX to start up a new network.
YES!! Finally someone sees the logic in what I've been saying for months! I made essentially the same proposal only I still had Texas in the Big 12 (16) and I included Miami instead of Pitt.
If that were to occur I'd expect the SEC to grab UNC and UVA for markets and academic prestige. The schools going to the Big 12 would take the lion's share of the ACC's television value with them. We are looking at an ACC that only has BC, Syracuse, Duke, Wake Forest, and maybe one or two others and then Notre Dame for everything but football. As long as the Big Ten doesn't step in I could see that group rebuilding with UConn, Temple, Cincy, UCF, and USF. Tulane and Memphis might get some consideration in order to rebuild the Southern wing. I'm guessing ECU gets blocked by the Carolina schools.
If Texas indeed joins the ranks of the independents I could see an arrangement where they'd play 5 of the Big 16 West schools a year while Notre Dame plays 5 of the Big 16 East schools. Perhaps both Texas and Notre Dame exist as non-football members of the Big 16 giving each side 9 members for other sports. For travel purposes the two "divisions" could operate autonomously with just a few cross division games (or a week long event like the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Maybe even conference tournaments are played separately with just the champions facing each other in the finals.
Having Notre Dame in the East Big 16 and Texas in the West of the Big 16 as non football members would work well for 9 schools which is the best possible alignment for basketball and Olympic sports as well.
I see the SEC taking Duke and North Carolina as a pair to improve much needed basketball SOS.
The Big Ten would most likely take the UVa to complete the takeover of the Washington DC TV markets. I believe the Big Ten needs a New England school to complete 16 for Washington DC to Boston corridor of TV markets.
The ACC would most likely fold in this scenario and both Syracuse and Wake Forest could join the Big East where Syracuse actually would be best along with UConn.
Maybe Miami would be a better choice over Louisville with all the issues occurring at this school.
Big 16 East: Florida State, Miami Fl, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, WVU, Pitt, Notre Dame (non fb, partial Big 16 network)
Big 16 West: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas (non fb and non Big 16 network)