Published January 30, 2013 - 10:38am
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As the ACC and Big 12 attempt to jointly circle their wagons in an effort to stave off other conferences from picking off their members, it looks like the talk of “aliiances” between the two conferences has sparked rumors once again that Jim Delany and the Big Ten might make a strike.
It’s now rumored that Delany has reached out to schools such as Georgia Tech, Virginia and North Carolina.
The fascinating part of this is the domino effect. Many speculate that if the ACC loses Georgia Tech, it could be a death blow to the ACC as a football conference.
Moreover, the question becomes what other conferences might do in response to the Big Ten jumping to 16 teams. Would the Big 12 then move quickly to go for teams like Florida State and Clemson?
As we’ve discussed before, the pair of UNC & Duke is quite interesting. It’s hard to imagine the two programs would split up, so either the Big Ten grabs them both, the SEC grabs them both, or they remain in what is left of the ACC – likely a revamped conference focused on basketball.
If the ACC implodes as a result of the Big Ten and Big 12 raiding its members, the SEC will have its pick from some of the members. I could see the SEC trying to add UNC & Duke, but it’s questionable whether or not they would go for it. If not, you could see NC State and maybe Virginia Tech join the conference.
Does anyone think that the conference realignment game will be idle for long?