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I agree, though at some point you end up winning the battle but losing the war. If, for example, the ACC were to lose FSU, MIA, CLEM and VT, it would be left with 10 schools, 4 of which are located in a single mid-sized state: UNC, DUK, NCST, WF, BC, UMD, UVA, GT, PITT, SYR. All are primarily basketball schools with little or no national appeal in football. Even if the ACC responded by grabbing UConn, Rutgers, Louisville, Cincy, Houston and BSU from the Big East, is that really what the North Carolina schools would consider preferable to joining one of the power conferences? That is pretty much what the Big East looked like a few years ago (sans the Catholic basketball-only schools).
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As for UNC, their only real attempt at top tier football was the hiring of Butch Davis. When they got hit by him and Blake's junk, they dropped back to neutral on football. UNC's bread and butter will always be basketball. All the Tobacco Road schools are like that. Fedora will do welll at UNC, but they will remain a basketball 1st school.
The ACC has turned to a basketball first conference. This is one of several reasons why FSU wants out.
"Inevitable" is appropriate. A week ago it seemed likely. At this point if it didn't happen it would resemble the Cam Newton saga for amount of smoke that went up without anything churning up in the wake.
I never said the contract paid 15 million per year. I used 15 million because the person I quoted used 15 million.
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