Miami does have this outlaw image, as does FSU somewhat. The fairness of that could be argued. Maybe greater bucks will come their way with the ACC move. However, being one of twelve in a long established conference, Miami's weight in the ACC will be comparatively less than it was in the BE.
Rather than Miami enhancing individual power, it may balance out further the controlling influences in the ACC that have been, traditionally, the schools based in North Carolina due to numbers and centrality.
FSU has basically dominated in fb since they joined. Miami, in particular, plus Va Tech and BC, along with other ACC teams improving comparatively, will enhance the chances no one team dominates necessarily year after year.
One thing for certain, the impression of the ACC as being a scholar-oriented athlete conference will diminish. That was a false view in the first place. There are ACC schools with a record of NCAA infractions and players having violations with the law. Further, the graduation rates and recruitment standards at some of the ACC schools for certain sports suggests they too are seeking an edge over others. Adding Miami and Va Tech only extend this.
I agree with just about everything you wrote. The ACC likes to preach about the high road that they have been taking all of these years. The reality is that:
- Clemson has a history of probation and near 'death penalty' infractions
- FSU has a proud history of rapes, theft and numerous other felonies
- GT has had a grad rate for football players around the 17% range for a while now.
- Have you ever noticed how many socialology majors are on the Duke basketball team.
- Miami and VT only add to the off the field problems.