Hear me out here, there's been talk for a while about the ACC eventually expanding to 16 teams, UConn & Rutgers want to be those teams but there are rumors that the ACC is holding out for Notre Dame which will never happen.
Rutgers has only had one good football season (ever) & brings nothing to the table besides a dot on the map along the East Coast. UConn seems to be black-balled by Boston College who is still holding a grudge. On paper UConn brought more to the table after last season than Pitt or Syracuse. They were in a BCS bowl game, won the men's bball national title & have had 4 losses in like 6 years in arguably the best women's basketball program all-time. I'm hoping they get into the ACC simply because I live in CT & want to be able to see Syracuse in person as much as possible.
Here's why Villanova makes sense (to me anyways) they fit in geographically & give you the Philadelphia TV market and the fair-weather-phiilly-fans that don't really care about college sports but will rally around whoever seems to be doing better (i.e. St. Joe's in 2004). They seem to want to make the jump to play football, but no one has really talked about them since SU & Pitt put in their
2 week 2 year notice. At this rate they should be able to start playing football by the time we get to the ACC. They pose no threat on the football field & Duke will get excited about possibly not finishing last in football. Even though Nova seems to be down this year, it takes Basketball off the charts (esp. if UConn comes too - I think that would put Dicky V in his grave).
They play baseball like everyone else in the ACC (except Syracuse - yet) & they've got a lacrosse team which will help to expand the ACC to 6 teams (SU, Duke, UNC, MD & VA) [Pitt, NC St, BC & FSU all rumored potential jumps to D1 LAX but face Title IX issues]. Also there probably won't be any academic concerns with Nova like there allegedly were with West Virginia who was already a football rival with MD, Pitt & SU & were perfect geographic fit while offering solid football & bball.
We can all agree that the Big East has turned into the joke of college sports especially adding SDSU & Boise St. the fact that they are rumored to be joining THE BIG WEST for all other sports says it all.
Now we can just hope we get out sooner than later so we can put a stop to UVA, Va. Tech, Miami & Clemson from wearing orange uniforms.