ACC Issues Statement Claiming League Solidarity

December 6, 2012 at 3:32p    by Jason Priestas    
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GoBucks713's picture

Jason wins at the Interwebs today.

-The Aristocrats!

Jason Priestas's picture

Wish I could claim that one. That's courtesy of @TheKeyPlay (linked just below the image).

GoBucks713's picture

That's what we should all do to S-E-C chants from now on. It probably would have gone over well at E2B.

-The Aristocrats!

AndyVance's picture

So while Georgia Tech and North Carolina may be off the table - given their Presidents' alleged initiation of this "We'll be BFFs forever!" pact - I still maintain Virginia, not Tech, is the expansion pick Delaney has in mind...

Alhan's picture

Expansion is about money. N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow made a statement that exemplified as much:

"Maryland will be on a plane to play Wisconsin in the middle of the winter," Yow said. "Hope that money is really, really good."

That's your arguement against joining the B1G?  And, correction, they'll be on a plane to play Wisconsin in the middle of the FALL seeing as winter doesn't start until late December...derp.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

tennbuckeye19's picture

Also Yow, last time I checked, the ACC has teams in Boston and will have one in New York (although Syracuse plays in a dome) and in Pittsburgh.
News Flash: It gets cold there too! 

Alhan's picture

It's not like Maryland is Miami!  Didn't DC get buried by snow last year?

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

NoVA Buckeye's picture

LOL no we didn't. We barely got any! It was a very mild winter in DC.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

cplunk's picture

Ah, but the year before....SNOWMAGEDDON!!!
That was the day I got stuck on route 66 for sixteen hours. 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Two years before, actually.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

cplunk's picture

Ah, you're right. I can no longer remember time frames, which I think makes me officially old. Damn.

Alhan's picture

Ugh I'm with you on the getting old crap. Two years ago? Sheesh!

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

William's picture

Debbie Yow has made exactly two good hires in her career as an AD, Mark Gottfried and now Dave Doeren. She ran Maryland into the ground financially and I have no idea why NCSU ever hired her, she's an absolute moron, and now she's butthurt.

TLB's picture

um, there are sports other than football that play in the winter.

NGBuck21's picture

Yeah they're all inside. I think she was implying football in her statement.

Doc's picture

This is like the drunk guy at the party stating over and over, "I'm not drunk!".  Sure your not ;)

"Say my name."

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Depends. Are you referring to Gary Moeller or Bret Bielema?

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

buckifishr's picture

Didn't the Big XII issue a similiar statement right before A&M and Mizzou left? 
This is like the vote of confidence a head coach gets from the owenr right before being axed.

buck-I.8's picture

I'd rather fly to play in Wisconsin in the snow than fly to Miami and dehaydrate in front of 12 fans

Oyster's picture

Parkas and mukluks vs booty shorts and flip flops.  Yea, I'm with you on this one...

Run_Fido_Run's picture

A plane fight from College Park, MD to Madison is not much longer than a flight to Clemson, SC, Atlanta, GA, or Boston, MA and is shorter than a flight to Miami, FL or Tallahassee, FL.
If Maryland had stayed in the ACC, their budget-strapped athletic program maybe would have bused the football team to Charlottesville (3 hours), Pittsburgh (4.5 hours) and Blacksurg, VA (5 hours). Now, maybe they take a bus to Happy Valley (4 hours), but probably not because they'll have more $$$ (that's right, Debbie Yow), and they'll fly everywhere else.
Heck, this move probably greatly improved MD football's travel experiences, Debbie. So, yeah, they will enjoy that $$$. How's life for you, Debbie?  

buck-I.8's picture

DEBBIE YOW? MORE LIKE DEBBIE DOW-NER.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I'm still convinced they're going to pursue Georgia Tech, if not now then definitely in the next year or two. They want that Atlanta TV market. I will be stunned if they get UNC because that means they also got Duke which would effectively destroy the ACC. I dont think that conference will die like the Big East has. Though it may turn into what the Big East was when it was relevant, especially in hoops and especially if the ACC picks up UConn and Cincy.
Is Urban's daughter a senior at GT? I was thinking that would be an extra perk for Coach Meyer. He would potentially get to watch his daughter play B1G volleyball matches in Columbus, too. Alas, she may have already graduated before that came to fruition.
 

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

cplunk's picture

Duke and UNC are not tied together.
I know it is difficult to imagine them separating because of their long storied basketball rivalry and geographic closeness, but if you want to see how important basketball is in the big picture just compare what the Big East awhile back with what it is going to be in a few seasons.
In the end it is about money, and the money is in football. Basketball just doesn't stand a chance and, as we've seen with Texas-Texas A&M or Notre Dame-Michigan, neither does tradition.
If the dollar figure for leaving the ACC gets high enough and the danger of the ACC being left out of the big football dollars rises too, UNC would jet on Duke. With big enough dollar figures, it would not take much for any athletic director and university president to start thinking "well, we could always schedule an out of conference home and home every year".

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

UNC and Duke's rivalry is the basketball version of OSU-Michigan. I do not think for an instant that they'd sit by idly and let that rivalry die. The best way for that to happen is for them to be separated in different conferences. I cant speak for most people but when I think of the ACC I think of Duke-UNC hoops. Ive always thought their football was an afterthought LOL.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

cplunk's picture

Oh, I'm a tradition guy and personally hope they keep that rivalry, but don't fool yourself.
In the end money trumps all. In my 20+ years of contracts and procurement work, I have yet to find a single thing, no matter how untouchable it seemed, that wasn't negotiable in the end. 
Football is an afterthought for them, but its cash flow dwarfs basketball. When an college president at UNC is looking at his school having a huge amount less money to spend on research, faculty, buildings, etc than other nearby "lesser" schools, he'll make the choice.
Let's say Delaney succeeds with his NYC/DC cable plan and in four years UNC is watching Maryland take home $100 million more a year than UNC does, all while still having a horrible football team.
Is having the rivalry be in-conference rather than out-of-conference worth $100 million a year? That's a billion dollars a decade. No university president doing his job can pass that up. In fact, he should probably be fired if he does.
It isn't the way I wish the world works, but unfortunately it is the way it works.