Why Adding To The ACC Conference Won't Stabilize it

5:49 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Maryland is out of the ACC. So, what's next? News 2 talked with USATODAY collegiate sports writer Dan Wolken. Here is his take.

WHO COULD BE ADDED TO ACC?

"I think there will be a faction of people who want Louisville,  people from Clemson and Florida State all due to football. They are looking at Lousiville as a value added program. But when you talk about presidents and people who make decisions at highest levels, Connecticut has a higher draw at an academic level and in TV as well. "

SHOULD THE ACC ADD ANOTHER SCHOOL RIGHT AWAY? 

"I'm not sure the ACC  needs to rush in and do anything. My biggest thing is for them to lock in Notre Dame and that would pretty much solve every problem that could creep up in the future."

"You want  Notre Dame to understand: if you want this thing to work longterm you need to jump in with both feet. If you don't the conference you wanted to be a part of may not exist anymore."

STABILIZING THE CONFERENCE

"I don't know that UCONN or Lousiville do much to stablize the conference. Adding doesn't stabilize. It's making sure teams can't leave and you have to do that with a grant of rights. They don't have that. they have an exit fee and while $50 million sounds like a lot, clearly it doesn't discourage Maryland from leaving."

IT'S NOT JUST ACC-IT'S SEC AND BIG TEN YOU NEED TO WORRY ABOUT

"Even more important is what  the BIG 10 and the SEC  are doing. Are they done expanding? Are they going to go to 16 teams? Those are the big dangers for the ACC right now.  I'm not sure circling the wagons or adding teams is going to do stabilize anything."

"In the doomsday scenario where college sports goes to superconferences and the BIG 10 and SEC keep expanding, North Carolina is a big big prize."  

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