I think ESPN's over-saturation in cfb could have its effect on keeping certain groups "locked in." The ACC showed its teeth and then some with Maryland, so I would have to guess that if the SEC started really lurking around some of its schools, the ACC would sue the SEC, departing school, and ESPN. I really wish the UMD-ACC spat ran long enough to get some of that ESPN and individual school meddling material obtained during discovery out into the public. We'd really know what's going on inside of these meetings, then.
But that exploration, if largely true, was in the context of the major expansion activity going on at the time, with the SEC examining the potential for a valued eastern addition within the criteria they had set.
Tech's got the right location in that state, and it's the school with the t-shirt fans, for sure. There's just not enough of them. Or, not enough of them travel. Heh, in that regard, they're a perfect fit for the ACC. And the SEC may not be willing to accept that kind of issue with potential members. There's no doubt the SEC schools will travel and do so quite well, and that VT's location makes them a logical extension of the conference, but I think the SEC knows *any* school getting the SEC-rub would do wonders for that school. Would it, however, "give back" to the conference? What would VT really give back to the conference? They would seem like a Rutgers-like acquisition...the benefits come from the location, and not the program itself.
which kinds of success did L'Ville had ever since their 1st trip to a BCS bowl game in 2007?
Rabid fans. Rabid fans who show up to games and travel. Rabid fans who spend lots of money and give to the program. An amazing AD who knows how to play the game. One of, if not *the* most profitable basketball programs in the country...who may even out-earn some of the low-performing majors on the cfb side. Decent venues. Lucrative location (truly an interesting market). I think that's what Louisville has going for it. A lot of flash, shock and awe, and street smarts. Institutionally? Don't think about that and just look at all of the above.
I don't know if Louisville makes the ACC better comprehensively. I don't know if Jurich is the best thing that will ever happen to them there, and that if he leaves, UL becomes a dumpster. Right now, though, they looked like the school with the smallest risk and the least amount of strikes against them. I think, were it not for UConn's stupid lawsuit, UConn would be UMD's replacement...but, apparently, BC and some others have enough pull to steer that one into the dirt. A conference influenced by non-contributors...where have I heard that one before?