Pitt actually has quite a few fans in the Harrisburg/York area as well. Probably due to a lot of grads in the area. So it gets the ACC visibility in the State, beyond those of us in Southern York county that can get Baltimore TV and ACC tv through WJZ being in Maryland's market. While the Pittsburgh market isn't huge, the Philly market is, and Pitt gets the ACC onto Philly tv's.Makes perfect sense.
Syracuse applied to move up in the last great move up. It was set to go until Virginia politicians made the ACC take Virginia Tech in its place. Boston College wanted a northern partner, and Miami (which is a private school that gets most of its students from the northeast, not Florida or the rest of the ACC area, wanted an annual appearance near NYC.
Pitt is more questionable. Pittsburgh, and more importantly and starkly the steel towns around Pittsburgh, is emptying of people. But it is still TV market #24, and has a claim in a few more places (Johnstown, Erie, etc) and there you go.
This kills the Leastleftovers in football. Now the Lesserleastleftovers. Again they raid CUSA, this time taking maybe ECU and UCF, and try to tell us it is BcS worthy?
Pitt gets the ACC onto Philly tv's.
and maybe UConn....
A news report I read out of Atlanta says UConn is pushing hard for an ACC invite. Ironic, as they were one of the biggest in pushing the lawsuit last time.
I'd rather them than Texas & Texas Tech. Get UConn & Rutgers and the ACC owns NCAA Basketball (Lousiville & West Virginia won't get invited due to low academics).
Even makes a nice 4 pod setup:
Northeast - Boston College, Syracuse, UConn, Rutgers
Mid-Atlantic - Maryland, Va Tech, Virginia, Pitt
Tobacco Road - UNC, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest
Southeast - Clemson, Ga Tech, FSU, Miami
I like the pod, as you play everyone at least every other year. Even with 2 divisions of only 6 (with a perm. cross rival), it can go 3 or 4 years before playing everyone. I rarely get to see a GT/Maryland game now. With 2 divisions of 7 or 8, it would be even worse. At those numbers, it might as well be 2 different conferences.I'm not too fond of the pod setup... rotate teams out of division and keep it 2 divisions as it is just going now to 6 teams vs 4.
I like the pod, as you play everyone at least every other year. Even with 2 divisions of only 6 (with a perm. cross rival), it can go 3 or 4 years before playing everyone. I rarely get to see a GT/Maryland game now. With 2 divisions of 7 or 8, it would be even worse. At those numbers, it might as well be 2 different conferences.
Evidently the Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St. are Pac-16 bound, and they're going to do 4 pods as well.
Orangebloods.com - Sources: Texas focusing on 'Pac-16'
Pod 1 - Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St.
Pod 2 - Arizona, Arizona St, Colorado, Utah
Pod 3 - Washington, Washington St., Oregon, Oregon St.
Pod 4 - California Schools
Each team will play it's pod mates every year, and 2 teams from each of the other 3 pods.
Best 2 pod champion records.How do you play out a conference winner thru pods though when you clearly have a 1/4 of teams that never solidify their spot as conference champs when half the teams in their own conference get play each other? I think the current route of them rotating a few teams in and out of divisions works well and would continue to work with a few more teams.
Nah, tobacco road along with maryland and the va's kept them intact.I would have figured the ACC would be one of the conferences to lose a bunch.