I don't feel angst, but I am concerned about the future of the league. I suppose it is the changes in championship format that is prompting my concern. More than anything I am struck by how quickly a program can be brought down whether by scandal or by conference alignment. When things are changing as fundamentally as they are right now, the past is not a strong a predictor of future performance. I think many on here are underestimating the potential for teams to leave the ACC. Especially FSU and that is not because of the twitter bombs being lobbed by certain Big12 sources. With conference realignment in play, you don't want to be left standing when the music stops.
Personally, I think VT is in great shape. First, the ACC is not likely to fall apart. If it does, I think we are a great fit for the Big10 and SEC should they expand. If hell froze over and multiple teams left for the Big12 VT would fit nicely. Mind you I am not suggesting these are likely to happen, but that contingency planning is central to long term success. Last time we needed political intervention and I don't expect that to happen again.
Who knows what will happen, but I think the ACC is well positioned and has reserved seating if you will in this musical chairs soap opera. 14 schools 9 contiguous states packs a lot of power. Although there has been some consolidation within the top 5 conferences only the Big 12 has lost 4 valuable teams and replaced them with a couple of warm bodies. They are still down 2 teams and need to restock but I just don't see the attraction of the Big 12 for any current ACC team, no matter what the temperature in the underworld.
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