Since Maryland departed the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten last week, there has been another round of expansion speculation. Our insiders at VTScoop.com have been working their sources to get any concrete information on where this may leave Virginia Tech now or in the future and have uncovered some interesting tidbits.
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Word from the inside RE: a new conference...
Our resident guru heard for the first time Monday about the possibility of Virginia Tech heading for a new league. Follow the link below to get the scoop.
Could North Carolina actually be the first out?...
While it has long been speculated that the Tar Heels would never leave the ACC, there is substantial talk that UNC actually could be one of the first schools to head for greener pastures should the league begin to collapse (i.e. no good replacement for Maryland and Notre Dame says no to joining as a full member). Follow the link below to get the scoop.
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Last Tuesday night on Tech Talk Live, Virginia Tech athletics director Jim Weaver seemed open to at least the possibility of Virginia Tech heading to a new conference.
"The answer to that is, (Virginia Tech president) Dr. (Charles) Steger and I meet about once a month...and we will be ready for whatever comes in the future," Weaver said. "I really haven't thought about it because the discussion has just come about three or four days ago. I'd like to defer my comment for right now, but there may potentially be some interest."
Shortly after that comment, Weaver told Dave Teel of the Daily Press he could not believe people were “misrepresenting” what he said. “Nothing is happening,” he said.
Weaver’s previous comments on the subject did include qualifiers that should the ACC lose schools to other leagues, then Tech’s stance could very well change.
Maryland announced a move to the Big Ten on Monday, becoming that league’s 13th member. The Terps have been a member of the ACC since 1953. Rutgers was announced Tuesday as No. 14. The Big Ten added Nebraska in 2011 to move to a 12-team league, which allowed the conference to hold a football championship game.
Pittsburgh and Syracuse are set to compete in the ACC in 2013. Notre Dame also joined the ACC in all sports, except football (the Irish will play five games a year against ACC programs.
The SEC added Texas A&M and Missouri. Both the Aggies and Tigers started competition this year. Virginia Tech is an attractive option for the SEC. Add the Hokies and the league’s geographic footprint suddenly stretches from Texas to D.C., which is home to thousands of Virginia Tech alumns and fans and is the nation’s No. 8 television market. The state of Virginia also features the nation’s No. 44 (Tidewater), No. 57 (Richmond-Petersburg) and No. 68 (Roanoke-Lynchburg) markets.
Virginia has been rumored to be a target for the Big Ten, but Cavaliers athletics director Craig Littlepage said publicly there was no interest on Monday.