- Aug 27, 2011
Let's look at this scenerio. It's reported that the ACC was actively courting both ND and Texas for membership, but that seems to have cooled recently. That said, the inclusions of both Pitt and SU has to raising some eyebrows in South Bend. I know, if ND goes anywhere, the likelihood is the B1G. But let's look at this under the microscope. Texas to the ACC is a stretch, more likely they eventually consider the PAC or B1G. But ND? Yes, they are a good match for the B1G in many ways, but do they really want to belong to a large land grant university dominated membership? I think the ACC has another agenda for adding Pitt and SU. Both have strong relationships and traditional rivalies with ND. Do you think the ACC's newest members will be tasked to lobby the Irish to come along for the ride? ND flirted with an invite back in '04. Now the seizmic shift may accelerate ND's decision on conference membership, which is inevitable. Aside from geography, which is now irrelevent in today's conference landscape, ND fits the ACC member model to a tee, especially as a northern member. If they shock the collegiate world and come in as #15, UConn likely would fill out the ACC super conference. The B1G, as stated previously, could add Mizz, KU AND Texas. RU would be an afterthought at #16 to load balance the East and provide PSU a playmate. Thoughts and comments?