The ACC will invite UConn as the replacement for Maryland. Its the same school really. Good academics, decent football but not great, good basketball and NE location. Conference will look pretty much the same. Don’t love the addition, but I expect it will be the addition.
If UConn doesn’t get the nod…these schools could be considered (in likely order):
1. Louisville (this is who I would go after HARD if I was the ACC. Solid basketball and football and a good brand right now. Louisville a decent TV market.)
2. USF (the Bulls would jump at the chance to join a BCS conference, as would most Big East teams. The Tampa TV market is nice and the athletics at USF are getting better and better by the year. Huge recruiting territory in Central and West Florida the ACC could roll into)
3. Cincinnati (the Bearcats will do all they can to beg the ACC for an invite. Good football and basketball. Decent TV market. But not a very sexy addition in my opinion.)
Now though, you wonder if FSU and Clemson get Big 12 attention again. Mostly FSU. Could the SEC go after NC State and Va Tech? Cange is in the air….
hopefully it all leads to a conference champion type playoff model. Its building towards that…