With the SEC and the B12 cozying up for a conference champions game, I can only assume the B10 and P12 might do the same. That could morph into your de facto playoff right there.
The ACC would thus become the WAC of the east, hoping for its version of Orrin Hatch to raise an antitrust claim against the four big players. All the while, ACC members would all be scrambling for an invitation to a big four league.
Now some folks here will say that bolting for the SEC is shortsighted, especially from an academic standpoint. I don't think so. I think, in fact, the opposite is true. Football is the marketing arm of the university, and the future of the US is in the South. If VT gets stuck in the backwater of college sports, I expect our applicant pool will decrease, and the prestige of the university will drop. The B10 has proved that strong sports affiliations can be leveraged to academic purposes, so I assume the converse can be true also.
And let's consider what the SEC has now: Florida and Texas A&M are research giants. The SEC has several other really good schools, and they've shown where they want to go by adding AAU schools. I assume that VT would grow into AAU membership as an SEC member.
I think we should go, NOW. Travel costs be damned. Loyalty to the ACC be damned also. We wouldn't be in the ACC if they hadn't destroyed our old conference. If the SEC wants us, we should hike up our skirts before UVa, UNC, or some other academic powerhouse convinces the SEC that it needs a public ivy.
Just my thoughts, but I know I'm right on this one.
The Pac 10 and the B1G already play a champions game. It is called the Rose Bowl and they are both determined to preserve it.
I don't always talk to UVa Grads but when I do I always order the Large Fries.
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