Nov 29, 2012
NCAA Conference Shifting Not Over Yet

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/lopresti/2012/11/28/louisville-acc-big-east-realignment-college-sports/1732921/

We stand here today watching traffic on the college realignment highway, wondering where it will all end, and marveling at the staggering power of football.

That was Louisville, racing past, from the Big East to the ACC.

There went Maryland and Rutgers, foot to the floor, headed for the Big Ten.

That was … well, never mind. This could go on all day.

It is bad? Is it good? Does it make sense? Is it lunacy?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. It is one big Rorschach ink blot test. Some look and see greedy madness, others business savvy.

Some just see a landscape that has come to resemble an anthill. A world so frantic that a confirmed member of the aristocracy such as North Carolina issues a statement to basically say — “Hey, we’re not going anywhere.”

This week, anyway.

There is no right answer here. You could argue it feels like panic. You could also argue it is the necessity of survival. Are all these migratory schools and predatory conferences smart, or are they just scared? You could argue … well, it doesn’t matter what you argue. It’s happening, and it’s not stopping any time soon.

Mourn the trampled traditions and severed loyalties. Be saddened at the smoking crater the Big East has become. A once-majestic basketball league that now stands by the side of the realignment road holding up a sign – “Honk, if you would like to join the Big East.”

Most of all, behold the awesome might of football. It is a strange world, where the ACC, which is to college basketball what McDonald’s is to hamburgers, would swoon at a pretty football face.

Virtually every step in this realignment stampede, from Boise to Boston College, has been at the behest of one sport, and it’s not volleyball. The football monster must be fed — with its television packages and BCS siren songs — and it never, ever loses its appetite.

From Louisville’s perspective, how could this decision be wrong? Its blossoming football program now gets a more respected stage. Its basketball brand name now shares space with true bluebloods. And yet, with change, what is most important has not been lost.

Everyone can still hate Kentucky.

Also, as an academic institution, Louisville is moving into a swanky neighborhood. Louisville is tied for 160th in the latest U.S. News and World report rankings of universities. Seven current or future ACC members — Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Boston College and Georgia Tech — are in the top 36.

For its part, the ACC gets a good basketball team (which it really doesn’t need) and a good football team (which it does). Georgia Tech is in the league football championship game with a 6-6 record, because of postseason bans for Miami and North Carolina. Louisville, rolling along at 9-2, would help a conference short on touchdowns.

NCAA Conference Shifting Not Over Yet

USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/lopresti/2012/11/28/louisville-acc-big-east-realignment-college-sports/1732921/

We stand here today watching traffic on the college realignment highway, wondering where it will all end, and marveling at the staggering power of football.

That was Louisville, racing past, from the Big East to the ACC.

There went Maryland and Rutgers, foot to the floor, headed for the Big Ten.

That was … well, never mind. This could go on all day.

It is bad? Is it good? Does it make sense? Is it lunacy?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. It is one big Rorschach ink blot test. Some look and see greedy madness, others business savvy.

Some just see a landscape that has come to resemble an anthill. A world so frantic that a confirmed member of the aristocracy such as North Carolina issues a statement to basically say — “Hey, we’re not going anywhere.”

This week, anyway.

There is no right answer here. You could argue it feels like panic. You could also argue it is the necessity of survival. Are all these migratory schools and predatory conferences smart, or are they just scared? You could argue … well, it doesn’t matter what you argue. It’s happening, and it’s not stopping any time soon.

Mourn the trampled traditions and severed loyalties. Be saddened at the smoking crater the Big East has become. A once-majestic basketball league that now stands by the side of the realignment road holding up a sign – “Honk, if you would like to join the Big East.”

Most of all, behold the awesome might of football. It is a strange world, where the ACC, which is to college basketball what McDonald’s is to hamburgers, would swoon at a pretty football face.

Virtually every step in this realignment stampede, from Boise to Boston College, has been at the behest of one sport, and it’s not volleyball. The football monster must be fed — with its television packages and BCS siren songs — and it never, ever loses its appetite.

From Louisville’s perspective, how could this decision be wrong? Its blossoming football program now gets a more respected stage. Its basketball brand name now shares space with true bluebloods. And yet, with change, what is most important has not been lost.

Everyone can still hate Kentucky.

Also, as an academic institution, Louisville is moving into a swanky neighborhood. Louisville is tied for 160th in the latest U.S. News and World report rankings of universities. Seven current or future ACC members — Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Boston College and Georgia Tech — are in the top 36.

For its part, the ACC gets a good basketball team (which it really doesn’t need) and a good football team (which it does). Georgia Tech is in the league football championship game with a 6-6 record, because of postseason bans for Miami and North Carolina. Louisville, rolling along at 9-2, would help a conference short on touchdowns.






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