ACC moves creating a bitter bunch
May 31, 2013
"...and if they hate, then let them hate and watch the money pile up." -- 50 Cent.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has settled into a nice, secure position in the last few months. Notre Dame joined in all sports, with the exception of an independent football scheduling arrangement. John Swofford swapped out Maryland for Louisville and is currently fighting for every penny of the exit fee before the Terrapins bounce for the Big Ten. The commissioner then hammered out a grant of right deal that killed off endless speculation that the ACC was on the verge of disbanding.
Fans of the conference should be happy. School officials who were weary of constant realignment talk should be as well. But it's impossible to please everyone. Just ask bitter Maryland fans upset at recent (lack of) scheduling and one college president who stuck a foot in his mouth trying to take shots at Notre Dame.
The ACC won't be sending North Carolina, Duke or NC State to College Park in football, men's basketball and women's basketball. Savvy observers know exactly what's going on here, which didn't sit well with Dave Tucker of Testudo Times.
"This latest scheduling announcement is just another example of how vindictive the ACC has become when it comes to Maryland's last season in the conference. If it was just football or just basketball, it would be one thing, but doing this across the three major sports is clearly a calculated effort by the All Carolina Conference to do whatever they can, within their power, to make the school's last season in the conference miserable."
To which I would respond, "and?"
Let's remember who initiated all this drama, Maryland supporters. The ACC is under no obligation to make their final year in the conference a warm and fuzzy send-off. The Terrapins are gone and the conference will make darn sure they get to keep the pets and favorite t-shirt in the breakup.
It's funny. On one hand, Maryland loves to complain about the Carolina-centric nature of the ACC. On the other, schools from the Triangle are vital to their attendance numbers. If they think the conference they're leaving felt like working an outpost, nothing changes in the Big Ten. Just change Duke and Carolina to Ohio State and Michigan.
Meanwhile, Ohio State president Gordon Gee probably needs to watch is sodium intake. He was rather salty about Notre Dame.
The Associated Press obtained a recording of Gee taking jabs at the SEC, the ACC and raised a few eyebrows by slamming Catholics.
“And I want to make it very clear, we have never invited Notre Dame to join the Big Ten. And the reason is the fact that they — first of all they’re not very good partners. I’ll just say that. I negotiated with them during my first term and the fathers are holy on Sunday and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday. Literally, I can say that.”
Folks have lost their job over less, but Gee is cushioned by his prolific fund-raising abilities. The issue for me is the total lack of self-awareness from Gee, who participates in a conference that happily added a school that can't balance a budget and another school that doesn't how to use Google in a job search.
These are your institutional leaders, ladies and gentlemen. No wonder it took them this long to figure out something as easy as a college football playoff.
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RE: ACC moves creating a bitter bunchMaryland only has to leave the ACC b/c of the god awful financial position Debbie Yow put us in during her time at MD. In regards to football, all you UNC and State fans seem to be forgetting you only beat MD by single digits this past year when we had our 5th string quarterback (AKA a reserve linebacker) starting behind center. It's gonna be nice to beat you, drop the mic and leave you behind.
Maryland supportes did notSounds as is you are conceding the conference's wrongdoing and are telling Maryland fans and supporters that they deserve it based on the actions of administrators over which they have no control.
That makes you sort of a jerkface as I see it.
RE: ACC moves creating a bitter bunchsaw a video of Joe O, first time I had seem. He looks like Andy Dick
RE: ACC moves creating a bitter bunchThe original ACC leaders are dead and gone now. To see the landscape change so much since 1953 is mind boggling. I like that VT is in the ACC. But to hang an exit fee of this amount is wrong for any school. The lessor schools have a difficult time to even fund some sports. The almighty dollar has caused this to become a survival for way too many schools. MD was a solid fit for the ACC. One of the original members. They were losing money. To get to the point of having a Super Conference because of TV revenues, contractual agreements, and greed has caused this to become our reality.
Appalachian State University even got caught up in this mess. They will lose money in my opinion. Fans aren't going to drive that far away. Common sense.
Notre Dame came out obtaining everything they wanted. What does the ACC have anything remotely close to playing Cuse, L'Ville, and ND? They will see in a few years how the attendance will suffer. But. They still have the TV money don't they. I see more staying at home vs all of this travel.
RE: ACC moves creating a bitter bunch^^^^^
I know academics was a consideration in selecting new schools to join the ACC, but I wish the new schools also fit the "footprint" of the ACC. ND isn't anywhere near the Atlantic Coast. Nothing against BC, but I thought that was going too far north. It doesn't seem to matter anymore anyway, with the B1G and Big 12 not having the correct number of schools to fit their moniker, ditto the Big East, as well as other conference names. And they call this progress.