My initial pissed-offness about this move to the ACC has subsided and been replaced by pragmatic resignation that this is the best thing for Syracuse athletics as a whole. The Big East was on the fast track to becoming the nation's most populous mid-major conference and is likely to lose their automatic BCS bid sooner rather than later. Moving to the ACC assures Syracuse a spot in a BCS conference for a long time to come. I get that. Tranghese might be a pretentious hypocrite, but he's right. Two things drive these moves, football and the cash dollars it brings in. I don't think this move brings ACC football anywhere near the level of the SEC of Big 10 (or even Pac-12), but it's better than a sinking Big East.
So, in theory, the move to the ACC brings more football revenue to SU for the forseeable future and beyond. We all know that football and men's basketball pay for all other athletic programs combined. After all, they're called "revenue sports" for a reason. So, this extra cash that will theoretically be available can be used not only to further improve the football program and keep men's basketball humming, but also give a boost to the other programs that depend on those football/basketball dollars.
Now, I'll admit that, despite being a Syracuse fan since I was 8, I couldn't tell you one thing about Syracuse soccer or field hockey or track and field. I've never been to a lacrosse game, even though they give tix away and they win titles every other year. But I think that we all can agree that being an Orange fan encompasses all sports, not just the ones on TV. So, in that light, this move is nothing but a good thing. Most of the griping is about how it'll be harder to play G'Town or Villanova, all of which I agree with. But it also gives us an opportunity to see other programs reap the benefits. Don't get me wrong, I hate the idea of moving, especially to the ACC. But to say that it's not best for the school is a bit short-sighted.