In the long, long term, the south is the future of the US. The population shift southward might be attractive to PSU.
But, I just don't buy the myth that PSU alumni have any interest in the ACC. I've lived all over the southeast, and in NOVA for over a decade. I must have been acquainted with dozens of PSU alumni, and none have ever said anything but the Big Ten is the best conference in the country. It's almost mantra with them. One partner (PSU alum) I worked for in NOVA sent his kid to Indiana for undergrad, and said to me: "it's a Big Ten school - topnotch". He could have sent his kid to VT for 1/2 the cost, in-state, but who am I to tell him where to send his kid?
IMO, PSU is not a good fit for the ACC, other than geographically. It's a massive public research university with an undergrad enrollment of over 30,000, of which the ACC has NONE, and the Big Ten has seven. Average research spending in the Big Ten is not twice that of the ACC, but it's close. The Big Ten is quite simply out of our league.
And lastly, this business of Penn State being an 'eastern' school in a midwestern conference ignores the fact that the ACC is a southeastern conference. 3/4 of our membership is south of the Mason-Dixon line; do you think a school full of Pennsylvanians has more in common with ACC alumni than midwesterners? I see no evidence of that.
Thread: Interesting Article
Wed Jul 04 2012, 04:22 PM #11
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I've never heard any PSU alum say anything like that, BUT...