"OH MY GOD, THE ACC HAS A GOR NOW!! THE ACC IS UNTOUCHABLE!!!" I yelled at 12:30 last night as I shook my sound-asleep girlfriend to tell her the wonderful news. "Mmmm, ok, great, what?" she mumbled.
The ACC is safe, folks. Until 2027, the ACC won't be losing anymore teams - this means the B1G, SEC, and Big 12 just lost their best chances of getting to 16 teams. For a while, many people speculated the ACC was on the chopping-block, myself included. Now? We are guaranteed to be rubbing elbows with Florida St., North Carolina, and the like, for the next 14 years. Why is this even relevant to us, you ask? Because Syracuse was one of the few ACC schools that would have probably been left behind. Now, not only will we not be left behind, but the ACC has just positioned itself to be one of the power conferences for the foreseeable future. If anything, this is bad news for the Big 12, as the 10 schools comprising that conference are in a shaky alliance, at best. Now that the ACC has a GOR, I'd say the Big 12 is the power conference most likely to be gobbled up, although that won't likely happen for a matter of years. I'm sure the brand-new AAC will be carved up in the near future - I wouldn't be surprised to see Connecticut in the Big Ten and USF and UCF in the Big 12, as that is now their best "in" into Florida. And if USF and UCF join the Big 12, well, I wouldn't expect Texas to stay around any longer than they have to. Maybe the ACC can give Texas the same deal as Notre Dame... I'd be down.
Ahh, long live the ACC.