"The financial rewards the ACC predicted during espansion are not rolling in yet. The Greensboro News-Record reported that the ACC spent about $1.6 million in 2003-04 on litigation resulting from the lawsuit filed by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal on behalf of UConn, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and West Virginia. That lawsuit, settled out of court earlier this year, resulted in $5 million payment to the Big East schools.
"Dee said it would be three more years - four total - before the Miami athletic department covers the expenses of switching conferences.
" 'The exit fees, entrance fees, and litigation have cost us,' Dee said. 'Having access to the financial information and how we share in the league, I do believe year in and year out the ACC will add to our financial security. Not that we're going to get that much more money. We did receive pretty good money, but the problem in the Big East was that it was all (based on) incentives. Some teams got more thanothers. Here it is stabilized. Everybody gets the same amount.'
"Dee said that in 2003 that Miami was betting on the future not the short term when it made the move to the ACC. . . .
"Pacific-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said the primary reason for schools changing conferences in I-A football since 1990 is to gain a greater television footprint. . . .
". . . Hansen said that the Pac-10, like the Big Ten has no interest in membership change. . . .
" 'We don't see an incentive (to expand) the way things are now,' Hansen said. 'The main thing I can think of that would push us in that direction would be if the NCAA political structure changed so that you had representation based on number of members in the I-A conferences. There isn't anybody else who would add to us financially.'
"There is specualtion about baylor's future in the Big 12. If something happened there, Arkansas might be interested in taking Baylor's spot. But Big 12 commissioner KevinWeiberg said that his conference has no interest in espanding beyond 12.
"The possibility of Notre Dame dropping its independent status in football seems to be revisited on a regular basis, despite denials from the Irish. would they go to the Big 10? Would full membership in the Big East be an option? Any of that appears to be a non-factor until at least 2010, when Notre Dame's $9 million-dollar-a-year contract with NBC expires."