Conference Realignment (speculation thread)

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  1. rmartin65

    rmartin65 I'm Score

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    With the news of the sudden move by Syracuse and Pitt to join the ACC, I think we are seeing the birth of the super-conferences. How do you think it all goes down?

    I have 4 super conferences forming (ACC, Big 10, Pac 12 and SEC) and 3 Minor Conferences (WAC/MWC, MAC, Sun Belt/CUSA), all with 16 teams, split into 2 divisions of 8. New teams are in italics.

    ACC

    North
    Boston College
    Connecticut
    Maryland
    Pittsburgh
    Rutgers
    Syracuse

    Virginia
    Virginia Tech

    South
    Clemson
    Duke
    Florida State
    Georgia Tech
    Miami (FL)
    North Carolina
    North Carolina State
    Wake Forest


    Big 10


    East
    Cincinnati
    Indiana
    Michigan
    Michigan State
    Notre Dame
    Ohio State
    Penn State
    Purdue

    West
    Illinois
    Iowa
    Iowa State
    Minnesota
    Missouri
    Nebraska
    Northwestern
    Wisconsin


    PAC-12


    East
    California
    Oregon
    Oregon State
    Stanford
    UCLA
    USC
    Washington
    Washington State

    West
    Arizona
    Arizona State
    Colorado
    Oklahoma
    Oklahoma State
    Texas
    Texas Tech

    Utah

    SEC
    East
    Alabama
    Auburn
    East Carolina
    Florida
    Georgia
    South Carolina
    South Florida
    West Virginia


    West
    Arkansas
    Kentucky
    LSU
    Mississippi
    Mississippi State
    Tennessee
    Texas A&M
    Vanderbilt

    WAC/MWC

    East
    Air Force
    BYU
    Colorado State
    New Mexico
    New Mexico State
    TCU
    Utah State
    Wyoming

    West
    Boise State
    Fresno State
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Nevada
    San Diego State
    San Jose State
    UNLV

    Sun Belt/C-USA

    East
    Florida Atlantic
    Florida International
    Memphis
    Southern Mississippi
    Troy
    Tulane
    UAB
    UCF

    West
    Baylor
    Houston
    Kansas
    Kansas State
    Rice
    Southern Methodist
    Tulsa
    UTEP

    MAC

    East
    Akron
    Army
    Buffalo
    Kent State
    Navy
    Marshall
    Ohio
    Temple

    West
    Ball State
    Bowling Green
    Central Michigan
    Eastern Michigan
    Northern Illinois
    Miami (OH)
    Toledo
    Western Michigan

    Leftovers
    Arkansas State
    Louisiana-Lafayette
    Louisiana-Monroe
    Middle Tennessee
    North Texas
    Western Kentucky
     
  2. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

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    I know the rumors are out there, but I don't think Tech will end up in the Pac-12/16. The school is just too horrible at academics for them to dilute their conference. I would expect either Kansas or BYU to take that last spot over them.
     
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    Is it possible to join 2 conferences? For example, Notre Dame is independent in football (I know that's not a conference) but I believe that they are in the Big East for other sports. Is it possible for Texas to join the Pac-12 for football, and the ACC for basketball? Other sports could join either or, but I'm mainly focused on football and basketball in this post. The football program would go against some good competition in the Pac-12, and the ACC would be the most dominant basketball conference in college.

    So, is it possible? If not, I wouldn't mind UT going to the ACC.
     
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    Texas is insisting they come along for the ride. They know that Tech will be indebted to them, they can use them as an excuse or ally for political reasons and they need a strong alliance in the West coast centric conference. Same reason OU is bringing along OSU.

    Football is driving these changes, which is why Kansas is an also-ran in this discussion.
     
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    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

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    It may be worth it for the Pac if they can get Texas, but I don't see why Texas would care about where Tech lands. Academically, Tech is one of the worst schools in all of the BCS conferences. I can't imagine schools like Stanford and Cal would want such a terrible institution in their conference. OSU, OU, BYU and Texas would be the jackpot for the Pac12.
     
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    As a Texas fan, I would rather go to the PAC16 than the ACC. Seems like there are better teams.
     
  7. ArlingtonTexan

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    I am adding something to make sure everyone knows this is a mock to the titlt.
     
  8. MojoMan

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    Same here. I am excited about this move.

    Also, the culture of The University of Texas is very much a western culture, with a mix of California fruits and nuts, Northwest trees and grunge, Arizona dessert and Colorado cool. The ACC is East Coast. That is just not who we are. Same thing with the Southern culture of the SEC or the Midwest culture of the Big 10 (B1G). Texas will fit in great with the schools in the PAC 16. And the proposed pod system helps sustain key regional rivalry games, such as UT vs OU.

    I am really pleased with what is being proposed here. Although it is obviously not finished until it is finished.

    I hope they get it done. Its all good.
     
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    How can the ACC be considered a super conference in football with it's current lineup? The ACC adds a whipping boy in Syracuse and an average program in Pittsburgh. Adding UCONN would do nothing for the league either, atleast football wise.
     
  10. MojoMan

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    If they lose Miami or Florida State to the SEC, that will make it even worse. Needless to say, both of these schools would be natural fits in the SEC. It could happen.
     
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    Since this is the conference realignment speculation thread....

     
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    And then there is this:

    One step closer....

    But then again, Mack Brown weighs in with some profound words of wisdom (from the same article):
     
  13. ArlingtonTexan

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    In this case, being the clear best basketball conference and a viable football conference will be enough. Also, not letting the SEC or the Big 10-twelve think it cherry pick its members is also valuable.
     
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    Couple of things to point out from this article regarding the musical chairs.

    Big East exit fees are only $5 million per school.
    Nobody from the ACC is going anywhere, even to the SEC.
    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/09/17/acc-to-vote-on-expansion-sunday-as-total-apocalypse-looms/
     
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    The optimal name for the conference currently tagged to be the PAC 16 would be the Western Athletic Conference. Unfortunately, that name is currently taken. However, with the weakness of the WAC and the rapid change in conference alignment now going on in College Football, that name could possibly become available sooner rather than later.
     
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    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

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    The thing that gets me out of all of this is the fact that Syracuse and Pitt's move to the ACC came out of nowhere. They weren't making a big deal about it, or whining about the Big East the whole time like A&M was. They actually look smart and competent in this move, a stark contrast to the way A&M handled their mess, and they aren't even in the SEC yet.
     
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