And the plot thickens even further. So is the Big Ten plan to cherry pick one or more Big East teams if Notre Dame doesn't come around? Well don't wait to long Jim Delany. You may have competition soon. It's called the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hold it, the ACC already has 12 teams. Expansion for the ACC has been a money-maker by some reports, but hasn't put the ACC in a position to challenge the SEC. Miami is still trying to return to a dominant team. Virginia Tech and Boston College have both made the ACC championship the past few years. With embarrassing results attendance wise. So you'd think the ACC would have had enough expansion for a while.
Well think again. According to an article in Sports Business Journal, the ACC's television negotiations with ESPN aren't really going that well. Seems the ACC thinks they should get a 60 to 70% increase. ESPN apparently has told them, "Sorry, you're not the Big Ten or SEC." The reason? According to unnamed media executives, the "weakness of the ACC's football teams."
Can't you just see the ACC honchos, scratching their heads and saying, "Hmmm, I wonder where we can get some good football teams that will make the TV networks give us more money? Well we certainly don't want to geographically expand our footprint. Going to Boston College is far enough already. If we could only find some decent teams a little closer than Boston College. We could revamp divisions, save some travel costs by going to geographical divisions with only a few out of division games. We could come up with a rival for BC. And of course, we could get some more money out of those TV devils. If only there were some teams that could do that. Are there any teams like that close to Boston College? Or if not, how about Maryland, who's the next farthest north. Aren't there some schools around there that have strong football teams?"
Nah forget it. The ACC wouldn't know how to go about getting teams from other conferences to join. Just not something they'd do. Never mind.