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Poll: Who Should Replace Maryland in ACC? (20 member(s) have cast votes)

Who should replace Maryland in the ACC?

  1. UConn (6 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  2. Louisville (6 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  3. USF (1 votes [3.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.70%

  4. Cincinnati (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Notre Dame (Including Football) (8 votes [29.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.63%

  6. Penn State (4 votes [14.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.81%

  7. Vanderbilt (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Other (2 votes [7.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.41%

  9. No One (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:45 PM

Sad to see Maryland leave after 60 years but they were a middling member of the ACC at best.

At first blush UConn is the obvious choice. But is it really? Quality football teams determine the value of a conference when it comes to TV contracts. There has been a lot of talk recently of how unhappy FSU is at the lack of money/competition in the ACC when is comes to football.

This is a rare opportunity to make lemonade from lemons and upgrade the conference with a more competitive university in football and help make the conference stronger.

I think there is a good chance that FSU and at least one other "football" school in the ACC leaves in the next few years if the ACC goes with another school that is weak in football like UConn to replace Maryland.

It is a long shot but the ACC should be contacting Penn State prior to pulling the trigger on any of these other teams. They are a more natural fit for the new ACC than the BIG and while the conferences currently have a large disparity in TV contracts, if ND and Penn State join there would be a significant improvement in the agreement with ESPN. Just as importantly, this scenario would significantly reduce the possibility of the ACC being poached again.

It is a long shot but thanks to the BIG 10 an opportunity exists. Why not swing for the fences instead of just trying to get on base?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:54 PM

Notre Dame with football would be the best for the conf and would almost ensure that the football schools stay. But that ain't happening unless the national championship only includes conference champs with no possibility of a wildcard getting in.

Penn State would be ok, although the scandal would make the powers that be hesitant.

It will likely be UConn or Louisville. From a football perspective, UConn would be a even swap, and Louisville might actually be an improvement.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:09 AM

Notre Dame with football would be the best for the conf and would almost ensure that the football schools stay. But that ain't happening unless the national championship only includes conference champs with no possibility of a wildcard getting in.

Penn State would be ok, although the scandal would make the powers that be hesitant.

It will likely be UConn or Louisville. From a football perspective, UConn would be a even swap, and Louisville might actually be an improvement.


I think UConn is still the front runner but selecting them may result in more departures from the conference in the near future.

Louisville is tempting and I suspect the preference of the "football" schools. Their national academic standing is about 160 and that will be a hard pill to swallow for many that pride themselves on the ACC's academic standards.

Not sure either USF or Cincinnati have realistic chances unless the ACC decides to go to 16 now (including Notre Dame) or if there are further defections from the ACC.

There will likely never be a better chance than now to attract Penn State. Yes their recent history is a negative but assuming all those responsible have been purged from the program the long term prospects are good. Their selection would go a long way to showing the ACC is serious about becoming a strong football conference.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:34 AM

Only real option is Uconn. Louisville/ Cincy and USF doesnt pass the ACC's academic test. No way Penn st leaves the B1G. ND will never join in football. Uconn athletic wise would be a improvement over Maryland. Academics ACC is losing a a AAU school.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:08 AM

probably uconn or louisville

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:41 AM

Who SHOULD the ACC add?

Notre Dame (full membership)
Penn State
Louisville

Who WILL the ACC add?

UConn
UMass
New England School of the Blind

#7 Niner National

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

If the choice isn't Louisville, the ACC runs the risk of causing the football schools to flee.

UCONN just lost a HOF coach and has an awful football program in a tiny state. They're in a really tough spot, especially if the ACC passes on them.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

Nah, no one else will leave. Not even sure why Maryland left, they're going to get mauled in the Big 10.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

Would love for Florida to come on, its not going to happen but we are talking hypothetically

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 06:11 PM

If we were going complete left field hypothetical, then my wish would be South Carolina. Come back and renew the rivalry with UNC.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 08:52 PM

Maryland left because they need to find a home within another conference that will be in existence in 5 years- the ACC won't be. If you still have your head in the sand and don't believe there will be 3-4 super conferences and when they tell the NCAA to go fug themselves, come up with their own playoff system and basically become a huge college football monopoly, then you need to get out more.

Florida State and Miami likely to the SEC,

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:12 PM

Some of you have literally no idea what you're talking about.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:48 AM

A sack of dead fetuses would contribute about as much as Maryland did.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 08:09 AM

Maryland left because they need to find a home within another conference that will be in existence in 5 years- the ACC won't be. If you still have your head in the sand and don't believe there will be 3-4 super conferences and when they tell the NCAA to go fug themselves, come up with their own playoff system and basically become a huge college football monopoly, then you need to get out more.

Florida State and Miami likely to the SEC,


lol, what?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 09:55 AM

Nah, no one else will leave. Not even sure why Maryland left, they're going to get mauled in the Big 10.


FSU has already made overtures for the SEC. Georgia Tech would leave in a second for the B1G. And Maryland will make double in th B1G.

There will likely never be a better chance than now to attract Penn State. Yes their recent history is a negative but assuming all those responsible have been purged from the program the long term prospects are good. Their selection would go a long way to showing the ACC is serious about becoming a strong football conference.


Why on Earth would Penn State willing accept a 50% pay cut to join the ACC?


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