This USA Today article shows exactly what we in the ACC were talking about last summer. Now that television revenue has increased, along with football season ticket revenue, athletic giving and donations, more marketing dollars from sponsors will be following and soon the addition of more bowl tie-ins for the ACC, the facts are that the ACC acted to become the best or "one of the best" conferences around.
"What this means is that the ACC, in my view, is one of the three premier conferences," said ACC negotiator Barry Frank of IMG. "Combined with its strength in basketball, it's on its way to being the premier conference."
Here is the revised Wolfpack football schedule for 2004 below and our basketball schedule is already loaded with Top 25 teams and all nine b-ball team's are in the top 60 in RPI. (BC 26, VT 123, Miami 163 FYI)
NCSU FOOTBALL 2004
Sept. 4 Richmond Raleigh, NC TBA
Sept. 11 Open
Sept. 18 Ohio State Raleigh, NC TBA
Sept. 25 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA TBA
Oct. 2 Wake Forest Raleigh, NC TBA
Oct. 9 at North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC TBA
Oct. 16 at Maryland College Park, MD TBA
Oct. 23 Miami Raleigh, NC TBA
Oct. 30 at Clemson Clemson, SC TBA
Nov. 6 Georgia Tech Raleigh, NC TBA
Nov. 11 Florida State Raleigh, NC TBA
Nov. 20 Open
Nov. 27 East Carolina Charlotte, NC TBA
Now, granted we have to improve to actually compete for the title, but WOW! Now the football schedule competes head to head with the MBB schedule.