ACC might vote today on Miami
By Bob Thomas
Times-Union sports writer
Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski softened his hard-line opposition after yesterday's meeting with ACC commissioner John Swofford, perhaps the best indicator that expansion is gaining momentum.
"I really do not know the direction it will go to, but I do know that the best interests of basketball will be served by those people who make the decision," Krzyzewski said "That's the direction I was most concerned about. ... What I feel confident about is whatever decision is made, we'll be a unified group once it comes out."
Last week Krzyzewski expressed opposition to expansion, which could split the conference into two six-team divisions. Another possibility is three four-team divisions for basketball, which would allow the conference to maintain most of its traditional home-and-home series while preserving geographical rivalries.
"Whether I'm for [expansion] or against it, it doesn't make any difference," Krzyzewski said. "It's a CEO-level decision. I'm for the ACC. At this time I think our CEOs have the information where they will make the decision that's best and I'll follow it."
Krzyzewski's opinion has carried a great deal of weight with Duke president Nan Keohane, who will cast the school's vote. Duke and North Carolina had been on the record as opposed to expansion, while five schools -- FSU, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland and Virginia -- are in favor.
North Carolina State chancellor Marye Anne Fox has been seen as the swing vote, but that may not be the case if Keohane changes her mind.
If this isn't an indication of the efficacy of KingCal's argument, I don't know what is!!! ;D
Obviously, somebody has pointed out to Mr. K what is at risk for Duke relative to NOT expanding. What good is your basketball league when it is going to be left holding the bag looking for potential "2nd tier" teams (their view not mine ;)) to fill the void after the defection of the south football ACC-3.
The North Carolina-4 are going to be caught between the rock and the hard place on this one.
The reasonable answer to the league setup is to use split divisions for football, and use a 12 team for basketball, and decide who plays a home and home and who doesn't, and DOES NOT have to line-up by the football conference.
Example...Football is regional and competitive
BC/Va Tech (whoever comes)
Better football balance than current proposals...
Then in basketball you allow the 4 NC schools, Md, and UVA to play home and homes with each other and singles with everybody else and vice versa, but run the standings like the Big XII does as all one conference. This satisfies competitive football and the desire to maintain traditional basketball home and homes. 8-)
This model actually makes good sense if VATech comes instead of BC.