I love how people come up with this stuff (about conference realignment and such) giving no regard to how other sports affect conference alignment and allegience, not to mention tradition...statements like, "Duke sucks, the ACC should kick them out." Ummmm....think about that one.
Please let me know who said, "Duke sucks." I'll be the first to join you in condemning them.
Duke has frequently in the past bemoaned the fact that the ACC is trying to get too football heavy. They had more control of the conference when it's focus was basketball. Duke doesn't care about football, beyond the fact it gives them a fat check and keeps them in the same conference as UNC. DUke has drawn between 17-19K for the last 3 seasons. The NCAA minimum for IA is 17K+ paid attendance.
What I am talking about is a football only classification and in football, duke is both non-competitive and a minimal draw, just like TCU, SMU, Rice and the other privates were in the last days of the SWC. If a legendary conference like the SWC (f. 1914) can implode, so can a relative newcomer like the ACC (f. 1953). Heck, the entire reason the ACC expanded and almost killed the Big East was because they were scared the Big East would raid their football powers and render them an impotent non-BCS caliber conference.
Under the above scenario, nothing would prevent Duke and UNC from being in the same basketball conference.
I am going to call it like I see it. Your criticism is not a criticism at all. It is a fallacy. You don't want to consider the fact that Duke on it's football merits may not be the kind of school the football powers who effectively direct the BCS (UT, Michigan, USC, Florida, and a few others) want to play. That is the reasoning behind the BCS. It is an effort to force lower tier athletic programs to a lower level.
I think people like you are scared to look at possiblities you don't like.
I struggled with Duke. I really did. They are a phenominal academic school. But on those lines, so are the Ivy League schools and they were forced out of IA. At the end of the day, Duke is a small scale football program, and everything that is going on in college football is about eliminating small scale programs from the face of IA. I think the fall of SMU,TCU, Tulane, and other privates is a precursor for what will happen to Duke when Coach K hangs it up.
I encourage you to put together a coherent arguement about either why I am wrong to think private schools are not in the long term BCS picture (call it the "haves") or why in the big picture Duke should be playing football against schools with fanatical fanbases that draw 100K per game.
I left very few privates still in the final process, because financially, most of them don't make a ton of sense when it comes to IA football. The few noteworthy ones have reasons behind them.
Notre Dame draws enormous numbers and is coveted by Michigan, leader of the #1 conference in America. They are in. USC is a private that dominates the southern half of california & the US's #2 market in addition to being a member of the other dominant conference in America. They are not only in, they help determine who is in. Stanford, has drawn 41-43K over that same time period and is a member of the Pac 10, the #2 conference in America. They are in. BYU drew 58k-61K over that period and is a very large private school that dominates a REGION (more than a state) and historically draws pretty well for football. They are in.
I look at the landscape and I'd say that the Pac 10, Big 10, UT, A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU, and possibly Nebraska pretty much controll the direction of college football.
With very few exceptions, I think these schools would prefer that IA football was the exclusive domain of flagships and top level academic secondary (State, A&M, or Tech) schools only. Where in that group would the votes for a private school that cannot generate football income come from? Presumeably Duke could count on votes from most of the ACC members, but a strong arguement can be made that none of those teams are power brokers anymore. Beyond that?
Pushing Duke down to a subclassification helps the haves financially. Consider this, how much better would UNC and Virginia's recruiting be if Duke and Wake Forest weren't in IA sucking up highbrow football talent in the region? The possibility of very lukewarm support exists. This is the kind of thought that ripped apart the SWC.