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10-15-2009 08:09 PM #1
Time to kick BC out of the ACC
The Boston television market aside, there are a lot of great programs in the same geographical region as most ACC schools that make more sense like West Virginia, South Florida etc. Besides, Boston only cares about the “Sox” anyway.
10-15-2009 08:39 PM #2
10-16-2009 12:59 AM #3
10-16-2009 03:11 AM #4Norfolk
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10-16-2009 08:28 AM #5
The Big East is constantly underrated. As an example casual fans (and many of the lazier pundits) usually assume programs like an FSU with their history have better teams than say a program like USF when under just about any criteria USF has been the better football program in recent years.
10-16-2009 08:59 AM #6
My three reasons:
1. It costs a fortune for ACC schools to send non-revenue generating sports back and forth to Boston, and every away game for BC teams is always going to be far away. The bulk of a team’s schedule, no matter what sport, is played in-conference. It doesn't really make sense for BC to not play the bulk of their schedule against Pitt, Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse, Cincinnati etc.
2. By virtue of what the Big East has done with basketball, they can't possibly expand Big East football to play a conference title game unless some of the basketball only schools move to division 1, which doesn't seem likely right now. Adding more schools will cut the basketball revenue pie into too small a piece for each school. Do you want to share with 11 others, or share with 19 others?
3. Can BC and some other ACC school ever really generate a rivalry that will transcend the ages? I say no. Their closest would be rival is Maryland. Part of the heat in a rivalry game is the fact that the two rival schools are close together. Students from opposing schools can travel.
Last edited by Majin Buu; 10-16-2009 at 09:02 AM. Reason: clarity
10-16-2009 09:06 AM #7
Remember, the ACC originally wanted Syracuse back when Miami and BC moved from Big East to ACC. Imagine Syracuse in the ACC.
I think USF and BC should change conferences. USF is more in the geographic region of the ACC, while BC fits better in the Big East.
I say this as a Syracuse fan, so really when it comes to Football at least, whoever is in the conference with us will be better than us.
10-16-2009 09:24 AM #8
What the conference really wanted was BC and Syracuse. They wanted no part of VT and only took them after Syracuse decided to stay in the Big East.
10-16-2009 09:47 AM #9
10-16-2009 10:05 AM #10
One thing I would be worried about if I was the ACC is the declining interest in the championship game which was the primary reason why they wanted to get to 12 teams. They moved the site due to poor attendance and things got even worse to the point where it really is an embarassment for the conference. Personally I'm not a fan of oversized conferences and championship games.
While it has worked out ok in the SEC due to the overall strength of the conference I much prefer the Pac-10/Big East model where you can't be crowned a league champion without at least having to play everyone else in the conference. There are some years in some of the oversized conferences where two or three of the best teams in the conference are in one division allowing a team that is not in the same class being able to play for a title based on an easy conference schedule.
10-16-2009 10:07 AM #11
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10-16-2009 01:28 PM #13
However even in Big East basketball every team plays every other team in the conference as it should be. I just think it's foolish to have these "championship games" that many times might be a conferences best and 4th best team and giving the winner an auto BCS bid. That may end up being the case this year in the ACC where if I believe the 3 best teams (maybe by a lot?) are VT/UM/GT.
10-16-2009 01:50 PM #14
10-16-2009 02:10 PM #15