Conference Realignment: Maryland & Rutgers To Big Ten, UConn To ACC Next?

Rob Carr

And we're officially underway with Conference Realignment Apocalypse, Round...4? Let's keep track of it all...

And we're officially underway with Conference Realignment Apocalypse, Round...4? Let's keep track of it all...

1. The Maryland Terrapins voted and it's official. They're leaving the ACC for the Big Ten. Well, as soon as they can get the exit fee thing sorted out.

2. Right on schedule, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will follow suit and announce their move to the Big Ten on Tuesday. Crazy.

3. Notre Dame stepped up to say that they're fine with all of this.

4. As expected, the UConn Huskies and Louisville Cardinals have been named as the favorites to replace Maryland in the ACC. However, the league is also apparently speaking with the South Florida Bulls and Cincinnati Bearcats.The question that raises is, are they speaking with so many schools for due diligence or because they're thinking bigger than 14? Cincy fans aren't getting their hopes up.

5. And now Boise State and San Diego State are (rightfully) asking themselves, "What's the point?" and considering going back to the MWC.

Now, as mentioned yesterday, I think however it shakes out, it's good for Syracuse. Louisville seems to be the preferred choice by most ACC folks, and I can certainly understand why. If it is Louisville, not much changes for us, especially since they'd probably slide into Maryland's spot in the Atlantic. We'd play them every year in football.

However, if UConn joins, it could cause a shift in the primary partner system. Right now, Boston College is our primary partner. A UConn addition would mean it makes sense for BC and UConn to become primaries, leaving us to slide over to Pitt.

More updates as they come in...

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