Pitt and syracuse going to the ACC. (1 Viewer)

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
Wow, we're finally getting Syracuse. The ACC wanted them instead of VT during the first expansion, but the Virginia governor forced UVa to block any expansion that didn't involve VT.

Pitt's a surprise though. Course I knew WV would never be asked, even the SEC frowns on their academics (and there's no one to champion them).

I wonder if this is to balance out a Texas/Texas Tech move and bring things to 16. :eek:
 

SamCdbs

SatelliteGuys Pro
Lifetime Supporter
May 7, 2008
1,622
367
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?
 

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
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 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.
 

SamCdbs

SatelliteGuys Pro
Lifetime Supporter
May 7, 2008
1,622
367
Pitt gets the ACC onto Philly tv's.

I don't know about that. In football, simplified, there are two packages at play here, as games on the ESPNs are national anyway. One is the first choice package. The game seen regionally on ABC, and either on an ESPN "reverse mirror" and/or Game Plan and WatchESPN (nee ESPN3, nee ESPN 360) computer feeds elsewhere. The Big 10 conference contract requires the Big 10 game be on in Philadelphia. Even if Pitt were playing NC State, the ABC station in Philly would have to carry Nebraska-Ohio State. The other is the last choice syndicated package. The 12 noon game syndicated to either local stations or an RSN. This certainly would clear a Philly station.

It is great to see Pitt grow a pair. In the last move-up, it cowered in the corner along with WVU, wanting to rule a cupcake filled conference. Now it is finally being proactive and is moving up to the ACC.
 

salsadancer7

SatelliteGuys Master
Jun 1, 2004
28,020
182
South Florida
I have never been into this conference lovefest of "my conference can beat up your conference"...but there is no doubt what conference will be the strongest basketball conference. WOW! UNC, Syracuse, Duke, Pitt...that is scary!!!
 

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
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
 

dvrexpander

SatelliteGuys Pro
Aug 23, 2009
4,959
263
Near a tree
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'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.
 

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
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.
http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1266871

Pac-16 Pods
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.
 
Last edited:

dvrexpander

SatelliteGuys Pro
Aug 23, 2009
4,959
263
Near a tree
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'

Pac-16 Pods
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.

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.
 

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
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.
Best 2 pod champion records.

Not like everyone in the divisions plays the same non-division schedules now. For example, VT has an easier non-division schedule than Miami this year, yet only one of them will be division champ even though the Hurricanes play Maryland & FSU while the Hokies plays Clemson & Wake Forest (both play Duke).
 

Ramy

The Star Wars Collector Podcast
Supporting Founder
Jan 27, 2004
30,895
510
Here
I would have figured the ACC would be one of the conferences to lose a bunch.
 

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
I would have figured the ACC would be one of the conferences to lose a bunch.
Nah, tobacco road along with maryland and the va's kept them intact.

SEC didn't want FSU, Miami, Clemson, or GT (due to the UF, UKy, USC, UGA gentleman agreement). So who else was there? Even the ACC didn't want VT last time (already had the DC area due to Maryland). SEC won't want them, as it would require taking UVa as well. WV would be a better target (as it comes with no strings and is close to both the DC and Pitts markets).

So unless the Big Ten poached GT or Maryland (both are AAU members), the ACC was safe. Plus it rakes in a crapload of Basketball money, so that helps keep the football schools in line.
 

hancox

Pub Member / UConnaholic
Supporting Founder
Nov 23, 2003
3,572
51
Monroe, CT
Basketball $$$ doesn't mean jack. The Big East brought in more, and was increasing, due to more bids. How did that work out?
 

Derwin0

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati
Lifetime Supporter
Aug 16, 2004
37,337
15,789
Griffin, GA
Basketball $$$ doesn't mean jack. The Big East brought in more, and was increasing, due to more bids. How did that work out?
true, but the BBall money for the ACC is coupled with it's fairly good amount of football money. The 2 together made them solid.
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Total: 0, Members: 0, Guests: 0)

Latest posts

Top