As we wait to see what happens with softball today, as well as the baseball regional assignments that come out tomorrow, I got to thinking about this scenario:
Let’s say you had the ability to take one team out of the ACC for football and basketball, teams that perennially just don’t do anything, and sub in any other team within reason from a less-than-popular conference. It’s kind of like the relegation formula used in soccer everywhere but the MLS.
So, for example, in football out goes Duke. In comes…East Carolina from the CUSA. Though it could be argued that East Carolina hasn’t done much to deserve “promotion” either. Appalachian State would be another interesting choice, for example.
In men’s basketball, the decision is tougher. But as it stands, even though it has been in the ACC a long time, and used to be a good team that contended each year, out goes Virginia. Why the Wahoos? Yes they have a new arena, yes they were recently in the NCAAs, but those seem to be more blips on the radar than long-term sustainable progress.
In comes Virginia Commonwealth from the CAA. Or how about Davidson, or are they destined to fall now that Stephen Curry is gone?
Back to football. I hope to sit down with a few football players later this week for some Q&As that will appear in the blog. Will update you more on that as they get scheduled.
Two links to pass the time:
Virginia Tech has the nation’s toughtest non-conference schedule, so says Newport News columnist (and former esteemed colleague) David Teel: http://tinyurl.com/p8yp8y
Coaches are trying to stop early commitments: http://tinyurl.com/pfcs4g