BC was a terrible addition. Success in the ACC aside, they are far from everywhere, and probably do little for the ACC's TV deal. I don't know if Miami mind-tricked the entire ACC into believing that BC, Syracuse, and Miami were the best choices, but it should never have come to that. Pitt, VT and Miami were the very obvious choices. Who (Swofford?) led the ACC members to believe that Miami had any leverage to dictate the membership? Who else was going to take Miami?
The ACC had their eyes on BC, Miami and Cuse as far back as 1999 (if John Markon is to be believed). Also Miami in 2003 wasn't the scrofulous disease ridden elderly whore that they are today, so they in all probability were able to present some demands to the ACC re: membership, at least initially.
I think Swofford's a pretty sharp dude; the Pitt and Syracuse additions were done with great stealth, given the ACC's football weakness the TV deal is good, and the conference has hung together. I don't blame Clemson fans for hating his guts though.
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