Here's some more perspective from the Big East on the potential impact of expansion on the conference. As we've been saying for some time, the league is essentially two conferences rolled into one: one made up mostly of state schools which also play football, and a Catholic league of basketball-only schools.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not, the Catholic schools seem less anxious about expansion than the rest.
Ron Morris has a look at what might happen to the ACC if expansion goes nuclear. A summary: Florida State, Miami, and Georgia Tech head to the SEC, while South Carolina and Vanderbilt depart for the ACC. He also sees Boston College back in the Big East, and West Virginia moving to the ACC.
He also suggests ECU for the ACC, but that's going to be a hard sell to the North Carolina schools.
For that matter, we're not sure what South Carolina brings, other than bitterness and a still-raging rivalry with Clemson.
We admire Morris as a columnist, but where did this come from?
"The North Carolina schools have remained rivals of USC despite going nearly 40 years without playing them on a regular basis."
Maybe in Columbia, but for the most part, South Carolina barely registers anymore with the North Carolina schools. We're pretty sure most Big Four students couldn't tell you exactly where Columbia is without a map.
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