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Personally I'm hoping for a jump to the B1G. A historic conference with perennial powerhouses. Everyone says they want a big time OL and DL, and it seems like the best linemen come out of the midwest. So I say lets open up that recruiting ground. Also, we could compete right away with teams in the B1G. Plus, I don't want to be associated with all those hillbillies and sister-mothers and brother-dads. That being said, I'll gladly take the SEC over this crappy/dying ACC
"I don't care what nobody say I'm a be me, stay hood stay real, cause I'm out here grindin'" -Frank Beamer
CZY I hope it's ok to post this. This is an email that found me today. Very interesting to say the least and supports what you have heard and others. I will not be offended if you have to take it down.
21 Nov, 2012
"The ACC is facing nearly certain extinction as a viable football conference as eight current member institutions are currently engaged in serious negotiations to depart the beleaguered conference for the Big 10, SEC or Big 12.
The Big 10 conference has received applications for membership from UVA, UNC, and Georgia Tech while FSU, Clemson, UNC, NC State and Virginia Tech have contacted the SEC about potential membership.
Despite public statements to the contrary the Big 12 conference has been in close contact with FSU, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami about joining the Big 12.
Sources close to WVU with ties to Ohio State President E. Gorden Gee confirm that the Big 10 has all but decided to accept the applications of Georgia Tech and UVA and is seriously considering adding UNC as the Big 10’s 17th member as insurance against potential U.S. Department of Education sanctions against PSU that could lead to Penn State being ineligible to receive federal student aid due to violations of the Clery Act.
The Big 10 showed initial interest in FSU but, according to Ohio State, the Seminoles are no longer a candidate for Big 10 membership.
The SEC has been in contact with both North Carolina and North Carolina State and continues to hold discussions with Virginia Tech, however the Hokies are unlikely to accept an SEC invitation while the ACC remains viable.
How long the ACC remains viable appears to be a matter of days and the Hokies know it. Virginia Tech has reopened the lines of communication with the SEC and reached out to the Big 12 despite their assurances to ACC John Swofford that they were committed to the ACC.
The SEC’s initial desire is add the lucrative Virginia and North Carolina television markets to their SEC network and Virginia Tech and North Carolina/North Carolina State are their prime targets. If the SEC cannot add one of those three they will not hesitate to invite FSU.
Because of Virginia Tech’s reluctance to leave the ACC the SEC may move to invite one of the two North Carolina schools and wait to invite Virginia Tech when it is clear to the Hokies that the ACC will no longer be a viable football conference.
The Big 12 has reaffirmed offers to both FSU and Clemson, however both seem content to wait until the SEC plays their hand before either accepting or turning down the Big 12’s offer.
The Big 12 has also contacted Miami and NC State from the ACC and Louisville from the Big East.
Sources within the University of Maryland tell WVU that the ACC will not move to replace Maryland until it is clear if the conference will hold together in its present form.
Current or future ACC members Duke, Wake, Pitt, and Syracuse currently do not have suitors within the big 4.
Speculation that both the Big 10 and SEC would expand beyond 16 members is unlikely due to fears regarding antitrust violations and threats of congressional interference.
Based on the information Given to me this evening here is my best guess as to the options of the ACC’s football powers.
Big 10 adds: UVA, Georgia Tech and UNC.
SEC adds NC State & Virginia Tech
Big 12 adds FSU, Clemson, Louisville , and Miami.
Left out: Pitt, Boston College, Duke, Wake, Syracuse
Notes: Notre Dame will not save the ACC this time. The Irish have a contractual “in” to the BCS playoff and the Orange Bowl and they have no reason to share their lucrative deal with the ACC. Their olympic sports are likely to be moved to the Big 12.
The Big 10 has experience dealing with odd numbers so 17 members shouldn’t be much of a bother to them.
The Big 12 is clearly the 4th choice of both FSU and Clemson and the conference would be lucky to have FSU and Clemson fall to them.
John Swofford spent the day polling ACC members and gauging their interest in a grant of rights. Not a single ACC “football first” school would agree to a grant of rights.
Nothing will happen over the holiday weekend"
Must be some good poker players.
"Swofford, you're out of your element"
- Walter Sobchak's view on realignment
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