Will the ACC have the 2014 football divisional alignment on the agenda at its winter meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. next week? Apparently so, says SBNation's BC Interruption (with the scoop from the Newport News Daily Press). As a refresher for those of you (most) who may be unfamiliar with our future league's current setup, the divisions are laid out as follows:
Atlantic: Boston College | Clemson | Florida State | Maryland | NC State | Wake Forest
Coastal: Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech
As you may have noticed, there is little rhyme or reason to the setup above, as it exists for the sole purpose of matching up Virginia Tech or Miami against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game every year (hasn't happened much). And yet, our new Carolina-based overlord John Swofford seems alright with just leaving things as is, and plugging Pittsburgh into one division, with Syracuse going to the other.
For what it's worth, the Orange appear to be a wanted commodity. SBNation's Gobbler Country wants us to join them in the Coastal Division, for no other reason but to set up an inter-divisional match-up with Pitt each year (rather than their current trek to Boston every other). Boston College, as has been well documented, would love for us to join them in the Atlantic, so we can rekindle one of the northeast's best gridiron rivalries. I, for one, also love that option, if just for the fact that it's typically easier sledding in the Atlantic (as long as FSU's having a down year).
But what about some more radical realignments? The Mason/Dixon plan sees the northern schools (plus NC State) on one end and the southern schools on the other. A "zipper" setup could also be employed, matching each school with a predetermined "rival" and then splitting them all down the middle. Each school is guaranteed a contest versus its most hated foe, but nothing's really guaranteed to be more any more equitable than it is now. My personal favorite (and the most far-fetched) is the "Deadliest Warrior" plan, which creates a "deadly" division (Seminoles, Eagles, Tigers, etc.) and a "not-so-deadly" counterpart (Orange, Hokies, Blue Devils, etc.).
So what say you, Orange faithful? Which alternatives would you prefer? Should we scrap the whole thing and start anew, or are we better off just falling in line and entering either the Atlantic or Coastal? And if so, which one's our best option? The Atlantic gives us BC, but the Coastal would give guaranteed matchups with old rivals Virginia Tech and Miami. A move to the Atlantic division would also provide the hatred with Maryland we've always craved, along with even more reason to despise NC State. Choose wisely, ACC. The Otto-man Empire doesn't like to travel too often.