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How does Maryland's ACC departure affect Notre Dame?

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12:42 AM ET 11.20 | Maryland announced on Monday that it would spurn the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Big Ten Conference. This leaves the ACC with 14 members in 2014 including newcomers Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. However, the Fighting Irish are only a partial member. The number is actually 13 teams for football, which is the highest revenue generating sport. Therefore, the question begs to be asked whether or not the ACC will add another member now or in the near future. The USA Today reported in an article that UConn and Louisville could be options to join the ACC now. Both of these options would be excellent fits for the basketball. Currently, Louisville appears to be an excellent choice for football as well. The Cardinals are ranked 20th in football and the best in Big East. But, head coach Charlie Strong will probably move on after this season. The Huskies are currently 4-6 under Randy Edsall. Either option is solid but is not a slam dunk. Football and television markets drive these moves. Louisville and UConn are powerhouse football programs. It would probably be advantageous for the ACC to wait for a better option but that could jeopardize their future. Mike Brey told the South Bend Tribune, "Is the ACC stable? Are we OK or what are we doing here? Interesting times." So what does the departure mean for Notre Dame? Slap the Sign takes a look.

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November 20, 2012  02:04 PM ET

Did I misread this article or did this say "Louisville and UConn are powerhouse football programs." Since when, what am I missing?

November 20, 2012  02:18 PM ET

I think Louisville was during the Howard Schnellenberger era or was the U?

November 20, 2012  02:19 PM ET

Okay FSU heads to the Big 12 then what happens to the ACC?

November 20, 2012  02:19 PM ET

I wonder who Maryland will be playing in the BIG10 ACC Classic?

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November 20, 2012  02:29 PM ET

"So what does the departure mean for Notre Dame?"

I don't know, but you can bet this is the #1 thing on everyone's minds in South Bend right about now.

November 20, 2012  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Did I misread this article or did this say "Louisville and UConn are powerhouse football programs." Since when, what am I missing?

In context, they are powerhouses within their respective states...beyond that...snicker snicker

November 20, 2012  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Did I misread this article or did this say "Louisville and UConn are powerhouse football programs." Since when, what am I missing?

It also said UConn was coached by Randy Edsall. Pretty sure Maryland will be surprised to learn he's been pulling down two paychecks (and programs).

November 20, 2012  03:06 PM ET

Idaho needs a home... What?

South Bend is on the Atlantic Coast. Indiana shoreline. Mm Hm.

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November 20, 2012  04:44 PM ET
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Meh. ND AD Jack Swarbricks best friend is Deloss Dodd. We'll land in the Big12 eventually

That would lead to an ugly divorce.

November 20, 2012  04:54 PM ET

what if the big east consisted of fsu,mia,clemson,unc,vt,pitt,wvu, and loui(5 ooc games and fsu and mia have yearly matches against uf leaving them 4 each)
or- sec east: scar,tn,uga,uf,fsu, & mia.
oh and breaking news seriously, alabama dropped out of college football and is now in the nfc and afc south, nd has joined the cfl, and lou holtz found the fountain of youth.

November 20, 2012  05:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

It also said UConn was coached by Randy Edsall. Pretty sure Maryland will be surprised to learn he's been pulling down two paychecks (and programs).

ISWYDT, very excellently played, sir.

November 20, 2012  05:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Meh. ND AD Jack Swarbricks best friend is Deloss Dodd. We'll land in the Big12 eventually

Hmmm, so would the ACC charge you the same $50 large to leave, just like these bolters?

November 20, 2012  07:32 PM ET
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I'll give 'em an alibi. It's a typo. They meant powerhouse Bball programs.

No, it is a typo, but not referring to bball. There is a missing "not." That makes the most sense with the context of the preceding and following sentences. It should read:

"Football and television markets drive these moves. Louisville and UConn NOT are powerhouse football programs. It would probably be advantageous for the ACC to wait for a better option but that could jeopardize their future."

November 20, 2012  07:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Hmmm, so would the ACC charge you the same $50 large to leave, just like these bolters?

Yes, ND is supposed to be bound by the buyout, according to the info released when they joined.

November 20, 2012  07:38 PM ET
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Okay FSU heads to the Big 12 then what happens to the ACC?

I don't think FSU would head to the B12 alone, or maybe not with just one other team. So the ACC would likely get slammed with the loss of 4-6 programs, depending on whether the B12 went to 14 or 16.

For 14, I'd say: FSU, Clem, and two of GT, VT, NCSt, UM (or, one of those + Louisville)

For 16, I'd say: FSU, Clem and four of GT, VT, NCSt, UM, Pitt, Louis.

Of course, if ND wanted to come over, they would obviously replace any of those schools easily.

November 20, 2012  08:29 PM ET
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I don't think FSU would head to the B12 alone, or maybe not with just one other team. So the ACC would likely get slammed with the loss of 4-6 programs, depending on whether the B12 went to 14 or 16.For 14, I'd say: FSU, Clem, and two of GT, VT, NCSt, UM (or, one of those + Louisville)For 16, I'd say: FSU, Clem and four of GT, VT, NCSt, UM, Pitt, Louis. Of course, if ND wanted to come over, they would obviously replace any of those schools easily.

Does your AD have the $50 mil to exit? Or are there enough Chief BigBucks donors to offer up the cash?

Wonder what would happen if the ACC Apocolypse occurred, and the majority of the schools decided to head to either the B12/SEC/B1G? Guessing you wouldn't owe the buyout if there were no ACC alive to collect it?

 
November 20, 2012  10:18 PM ET

hard to follow all the "what if's" when it comes to the acc and big east. both seem very unstable at this point, as far as football goes. perhaps whatever is left over of the two should form a new conference. of course that would mean essentially one of the two would have to disband. the upside is a decent fball conference and a great bball conference. i think????

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