Saturday, September 17, 2011

Nothing Says “Atlantic Coast” Like The Steel City, ACC Gunning For All The Big East’s Traditional Football Powers?

Rumor out of New York last night is that Syracuse and Pittsburgh are in talks with the ACC.  The negotiations to move from the Big (L)East to the ACC were revealed by The New York Times.

The story was posted on the newspaper’s website and cited an unidentified source with direct knowledge of the talks. Officials at Pittsburgh, Syracuse and the ACC declined comment. (Shocking, we know.)

Now, this isn’t as far fetched as it might sound and could very well be part of the ACC’s grand master (flash) plan. 
In a perfect world, Fordham would return to its pigskin glory days or Columbia, St. John’s, NYU or some other university located in New York City would be a football power and an eligible member of the ACC.  Since no such school exists, the conference is mining for TV viewers in other major metropolitan areas directly and in New York indirectly.
That said, there are plenty of Pitt and Syracuse grads/fans in the New York television market and If Temple, St. Joe’s or Drexel had a powerful football program, John Swofford’s mignons would be snooping around the City of Brotherly Love as well.  (Villanova obviously has a great basketball program and their football program, while 1AA or FBS or FSD or ADD or whatever the Suits in Indianapolis (formerly Kansas) call it, is pretty solid. And then there’s Temple...)

And, yes, it could be part of a bigger plan to eventually steal all the major football schools from the Big (L)East.

The ACC has already successfully recruited Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College, schools with more gridiron cred than hoops cred.  West Virginia would be the lone football holdout in a decimated Big (L)East.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse bring both major sports to the table and the Orange would be a nice edition to ACC LAX.

To read the NYT story, click here.

(Editor's Update: As of 1:45 pm, ESPN is reporting that both Syracuse and Pitt have tendered letters of application to the ACC.)

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