Carlson also points out that the average payout moves the ACC to third out of the five power conferences for 2014-15. The SEC distributed $31.2 million, followed by the Big Ten at $30.9 million, then the ACC. The Pac-12 handed out $25.1 million, and the Big 12 was last at $23.4 million.
While that's encouraging news for the ACC, the Maryland exit fee won't be there going forward, so the number's dragged down by a little over $2 million per school without it. However, the conference did land two schools in the men's basketball Final Four and has experienced a ton of success in virtually every sport in 2015-16 -- all with various possibilities to increase payouts.
Undoubtedly, Syracuse is in a much-improving spot financially as a member of the ACC. And as the ACC Network negotiations figure themselves out, there's even more money potentially up for grabs. While being a small private school has disadvantaged SU in the past, these developments only stand to help it continue to grow its athletic success.