I am dizzy.
The ACC makes a sudden power move for Miami of Florida, a team that made the National Championship game two years in a row. Lawsuits abound.
Then Virginia Tech, who filed a suit funded with Virginia taxpayer dollars and student tuition money due to the gross injustice done to other members of the Big East Conference by Miami's apparently pending departure, got an invitation to hop on the bandwagon. Suddenly, it didn't seem so wrong anymore.
As long as you're the one who's leaving, it's okay, isn't it?
And now the future appears much different. The Big East now must act to expand, because they've already lost Virginia Tech and now only have seven I-A football members (as of 2004?). They either must accelerate the Connecticut football membership or get someone from the outside. Now in retrospect it doesn't seem to be so wise to have scheduled Temple for punting. Their more immediate option was to offer Miami an incentive package to stay, and we all know that that money needs to come from somewhere. Big East fans, grab yer wallets. The TV deal's already been negotiated for the next few years.
The ACC isn't immune to this garbage at the expense of fans and students. Travel costs aren't going down in an expanded ACC, and ticket & merchandise prices are the easiest to raise to compensate. Somewhere in this forum I also read how Miami's been kind of in the red recently. They're arguably the best football program in the nation and they can't even stay solvent! Guess who covers that shortfall in the end.
I don't want my Louisville team to be a part of all this, in either conference.
Ticket prices will go up under the premise of marquee programs coming to town, and there is little outlook for competitiveness in the short or mid-term (we'll be doomats for those programs for a long time), which means less chance at watching a bowl game in December. Hey, not all BCS teams get to lucrative bowls every year. Just ask Duke, Rutgers, Temple, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Wake Forest, who have gone without bowls in some or all of the past few years. And note what conferences they all come from. Louisville may not be playing in January, but we've had a holiday season game to watch on TV the last 5 years. (Or, in my case for the first few of those years, a game to watch from the band section!)
The games before December will mean more if the Big East gobbled us up, but we can already pull some good programs to Cardinal Stadium. We won't have UAB and Houston around, but then again, the last five years we have played Florida St. (2x), Oklahoma, Colorado St. (3x), Illinois (3x), Marshall (2x), Boise St., and BYU, and they all won their respective conferences sometime in that span. We play some decent programs as it is. We do schedule Backwoods St. most every year, but lots of BCS teams do that.
James Howell's historical games and results (good site, by the way):
One thing being lost in this whole "Louisville to BE" and "Louisville to ACC" buzz being heard in every college town in the eastern half of the US is this: What will happen to our C-USA rivalries? Southern Miss is a big football rivalry here, and fans are a tad disappointed that we don't play them this year due to scheduling. We don't care much about ECU. (They are apparently sending "representatives" to the ACC about considering them for a 12th team if Miami joins.) Memphis and Cincinnati have been decent fights the past few years.
Also, there is the problem posed by basketball as well. Marquette, Cincinnati, Memphis, Saint Louis, and Charlotte have all played us hard for several years. If you don't play them nearly every year, it's not the same. Can we just throw those rivalries away?
Apparently so. Officials high in the Louisville Athletic Department ranks, boosters, and adminstrators are supposedly drooling at the opportunity to make it in the big time.
If an invitation is offered by either the ACC or Big East conferences, officials at Louisville will without hesitation accept. Some of the fans and students, though, will have a more difficult time with it. Someone in another thread (Bullet?) mentioned correctly that Louisville is a "commuter" school. Students' college costs here (both tuition and other) are rising faster than the already torrid rate across the nation. They are sensitive to ticket prices and will simply tune to channel 41 or 840 AM to take it in for free. Non-students in Louisville are the same way, and the only people who afford any ticket price also don't tend to cheer or add the home-field advantage that we would need against these behemoth programs.
If there was a BCS conference game and no one was there, would anyone know about it?