The ACCES Super Conference; Johnson on expansion; more players drafted

Because there’s nothing more fun than discussing college football expansion, here’s something I threw out on twitter (@ajgatech) a while ago that’s been retweeted a few times:

Why don’t the ACC and SEC merge into one 24-team super-conference. It can be called ACCES (get it?).

For football and basketball there would be two divisions: the ACC, and the SEC.

Each team would play eight teams in its division, and four in the other. So no more non-conference games against Colorado or Kansas.

The division winners would meet for the ACCES championship.

In basketball, the top eight teams in each division would play in the conference tournament.

What would be the advantages: Well, it would be cool, for starters.

The conference would reign supreme from Boston to the Bayou. Millions of TV eyes would be available, so I imagine that advertising rates would be fairly decent.

What’s that you say, both conferences just signed TV deals? They wouldn’t be affected because the conferences are now divisions. TV deals still stay in place.

What about the TV deals for the championship game? That would be decided by someone else.

So, I’m sure there are many, many more holes in my proposal, but if everyone else can float scenarios, why can’t I?

What do you think?

And now back to reality

Speaking of expansion, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said that he’s not sure what’s going to happen, but that he and the Yellow Jackets are happy to be in the ACC, where they are the defending champions.

“It’s something interesting for everybody look at,” he said.

Johnson said he wouldn’t rule out something changing on the college football landscape, but he wasn’t sure what it will be, but that it’ll be something.

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” he said at the Pigskin Preview in Macon. “Something’s going to happen.”

 

More draft stuff

In all, nine Jackets have been drafted. Among those selected Tuesday:

Tampa selected Derek Dietrich, a junior, with its fifth pick, No. 79, on Tuesday in the amateur draft. Dietrich batted .350 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs this season.

The Nationals selected catcher Cole Leonida.

Tony Plagman, a senior,  was selected by Detroit at No. 283. He batted .360 with 21 home runs and 78 RBIs this season.

Jeff Rowland, a junior, was selected by Detroit at No. 583. He batted. 322 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs this season. He also stole 13 bases.

Thomas Nichols, a junior, was selected by Anaheim/California at No. 504. He batted .376 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs this season.

71 comments Add your comment

DuluthDawg

June 8th, 2010
5:13 pm

Is it still a stupid thing to be first on these things? If so, I am guilty as charged.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Nope, glad someone is first.

Billy Ray Cyrus

June 8th, 2010
5:28 pm

Personally, I think this is a terrible idea. The ACC sucks.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

Hey, but you wrote Achy Breaky Heart so your opinion doesn’t count :)

Savannah Jacket

June 8th, 2010
5:33 pm

Doug, I am usually a proponent of yours however I think that your super conferance is a terrible idea. How would other leagues counter we would end up with one or two conferances? Sounds pretty crazy. But I do like the ACCES, nice attempt.

Keep trying, I am dying for Sept 4th. Pass along anything that you hear. 88 more days.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2010
5:34 pm

I didn’t say it was a good idea, just that it was an idea!

Savannah Jacket

June 8th, 2010
5:42 pm

Have you heard anything on how injured players are coming along. During the spring practices there were lots of injuries, R. Hall, B. Anderson, J. Nesbit, K. Jackson, N. Claytor, C. Taylor. How are those guys doing? Will they all be recovered for the begining of Summer Practice? Also any work on Cooper Taylor getting a medical redshirt?

Like I said I just need some football to talk about.

THAT'S A FACT JACK

June 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

I like the idea of a superconference but would prefer GT play football in the SEC and basketball in the ACC, that would be interesting

naganole

June 8th, 2010
5:54 pm

Soon the conference will all merge and leave the NCAA all together. No more sanctions. The conference presidents will then make the rules, and change them how they see fit…

wow

June 8th, 2010
6:03 pm

GT IS IRRLEVANT

Bill

June 8th, 2010
6:09 pm

Hey wow….did ya get your 5th grade edyacajun with Jethro Bowdine? Maybe you should learn to spell taking a dip in that cement pond…

Greg

June 8th, 2010
6:10 pm

Irrelevant teams don’t go to bcs bowls.

GT has won a nat champ 10 years sooner than uga. Talk about irrelevant.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2010
6:15 pm

Anybody know if Deandre smelter got drafted?

He is from Macon and has signed a scholly with Gt to play baseball.

ClemsonDude

June 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

How about putting the ACC/ SEC into two divisions…The Smart and the Dumb division. Most of the SEC will be in the Dumb division except for Vandy, Florida,and UGA. Those 3 will join the Smart division ( The old ACC). Florida State will go over to the Dumb division ( The old SEC). Hey, just a thought! Go Tigers!

PC Load Letter

June 8th, 2010
6:20 pm

Biff Pocoroba

June 8th, 2010
6:20 pm

Tech should play in the Southern conference for baseball. Danny Hall does well during the regular season when he is playing small schools.

DawginLex

June 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

Never mind. found it.

14th round by the Twins

Will be interesting to see if he goes to college or turns pro. He is a great football player as well.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2010
6:24 pm

Regarding the injured players, all are on track to be back. No news on Taylor’s redshirt. Hope to find out soon.

deuce coupe

June 8th, 2010
6:24 pm

I like the ACCES Super Conference idea.
It’s simple and makes geographical sense.
(not counting Boston College)

bee

June 8th, 2010
6:26 pm

ACCES..??….Atlantic Coast Conference Eastern South..??……That’s brilliant….

Greensboro, Georgia

June 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

*
………..nesbitt for heisman……….

MC

June 8th, 2010
6:30 pm

A Clemson fan who thinks Clemson should be in the smart division, now that is hilarious.

messin with sasquatch

June 8th, 2010
6:32 pm

THEY RUIN THIS STATE – dogboi’s, of course.
There are too tooo many egos involved to do the acc-sec deal. And as important too much money to be grabbed.
Maybe allow gaggers to have a one team conference that they could run by themselves.

UGA_2001

June 8th, 2010
6:32 pm

Whatever it takes to remain superior to the Big Ten. That conference is as lame and childish as it gets. Plus, it would be amazing for a conference to have the football the SEC has mixed with the basketball the ACC has.

Imagine being able to watch your team play in Tiger Stadium, the Swamp, Neyland, Sanford, etc during the fall and Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Dean Dome, Comcast Center, etc in the winter/spring.

Ra'Dick Rodgers

June 8th, 2010
6:34 pm

Neither conference would ever go for it. ACC is no good in Football (including historical greats Miami and FSU). SEC mettles in roundball, other than UK, no one loses sleep over a loss. And, even IF this happened. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE SECCA, as opposed to ACCES, since the CLEAR DRIVER IS the SEC (in terms of revenue prduction, fan bases, championships, etc. Any atempt to argue this is futile.

BS Patrol

June 8th, 2010
6:37 pm

I like the ACC the way it is but if Tech is going to get left in the cold might as well give the SEC a break and hook up. I just hope we will not lose face,but it hasn’t seemed to hurt Vandy.

messin with sasquatch

June 8th, 2010
6:39 pm

sec is really Florida, Alabama, and the other pretenders, dudes……….even tech can post a winning record against the sec teams who need their schedule filled up. Hmmmmmmm?

collegeballfan

June 8th, 2010
6:42 pm

I prefer ACSEC much better.

ClemsonDude

June 8th, 2010
6:48 pm

Hey MC..If you have any brains you would know that Clemson would be rated # 4 in the SEC behind Vandy, Florida and Georgia in academics. Clemson and UGA are ranked very close to each other. MC should’nt open his mouth until you know the facts!

Beast from the East

June 8th, 2010
6:51 pm

Funny idea but not going to happen. I do have to disagree with one poster here, though. UF does more than just “mettle” in roundball. Back to back NC’s this past decade. Only starting five in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Something no one, even in the mighty ACC, has ever been able to accomplish!

superDawg

June 8th, 2010
6:54 pm

Bad idea tech would not be able to produce enough revenue,besides they would not win enough games to make it to a bowl.If they did make it to a bowl they would get hammered.NUFF SAID!

Gordon

June 8th, 2010
7:03 pm

I know it is fun to talk about expansion, but if the ACC does not remain intact AND Georgia Tech doesn’t join the SEC, then Georgia Tech is in real trouble. We make most of our money from football, and need every penny of it. A watered down ACC is not where Tech needs to be. Tech fans better hope Texas either stays put in the Big 12 or goes to the PAC 10. If they come to the SEC, the SEC will not take Tech. Tech only gets into the SEC if they take 4 ACC teams, with Tech being the 4th. The first 3 are Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. I don’t think Florida wants both Miami and Florida State in the conference.

John in BHM

June 8th, 2010
7:03 pm

“A Clemson fan who thinks Clemson should be in the smart division, now that is hilarious.”

The US News & World Report ranks Clemson (61) ahead of all SEC schools except Vanderbilt, Florida, and Georgia.

FSU (102) is ahead of all SEC schools except those three plus Auburn and Alabama.

Georgia (58) and Clemson (61) would be at the bottom of the Smart division. Virginia Tech (71), NC State (88), and Auburn (88) would be the class of the Dumb division. FSU (102) would be fifth behind Alabama (96).

Wait a minute

June 8th, 2010
7:05 pm

Did a Clemson fan just try and sneak into the smart half of the ACCES? End of the line, buddy.

Mike

June 8th, 2010
7:12 pm

Can we leave out Boston College, VaTech, Wake, and NC State? Make it two ten team divisions? 24 is waaay too many.

I know blah blah politics….

Alabama Jack

June 8th, 2010
7:16 pm

Drop UGA and improved the overall intelligence of the ACCES by at least 100 IQ points.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2010
7:32 pm

I took the video off. It just wasn’t working. I’ll keep trying. Eventually, I’ll get it right.

William Satterwhite

June 8th, 2010
7:51 pm

Interesting thing here is that outside of Boston College and I believe Miami and FSU, the SEC and ACC schools all started off in the same conference, the original Southern Conference. Both the SEC and then the ACC were born out schools leaving the Southern because they felt the conference became too large. And now we appear to be on the verge of the exact opposite happening with the dawning of 16 team mega-conferences.
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hhmmm

June 8th, 2010
8:00 pm

why not the SEACC????????

Nate

June 8th, 2010
8:00 pm

Doug, what do you think about making an article about how Tech athletics and how each have done this year.
I mean I can’t remember all off my head but here are a few.

Football – ACC Champs, Orange Bowl appearance
M Basketball – ACC Champ Game, 2nd round of the Tourney
W Basketball – Tourney appearance
M Baseball – Good record, host of a regional
W Softball – host regional, ACC Champs

Tennis?

Something like this would be great. Please consider.

Reality

June 8th, 2010
8:02 pm

How would the ’superconference’ fair in the BCS bowl mess? Would this superconference only send one team to the BCS bowls? That doesn’t seem right.

Reality

June 8th, 2010
8:03 pm

Nate -

The ajc would never allow such an article – it would piss off the uga fans (and ajc writers) too much.

Interesting

June 8th, 2010
8:14 pm

Current NACDA standings
UGA – 22nd (with AD upset and AJC writing articles about how disappointing this year has been)
GaT- 48th (with fans begging the AJC to write a positive article about how successful this year has been)

Matt

June 8th, 2010
8:18 pm

Doug–

Why can’t you guys do something about the comments in these blogs? It just turns into the same damn degenerate insults and arguments. Seriously, I don’t give a flying crap about Florida or VT so I don’t post on their blogs. What is it with the inbreds in this state?

Matt

June 8th, 2010
8:21 pm

Cue the MNC debate. (4 vs. 1)

Cue the Georgia can only win the SEC when other SEC teams win the SEC and a NC debate.

Matt

June 8th, 2010
8:25 pm

Years when other SEC teams have won the conference and an NC (Strong Years): LSU (2003, 2007), UF (2006,2008), UT (1998)

Years when georgia has won the sec: 2002,2005: Who did they play again?

Hell, UT did it better than georgia ever could: 12 phreaking years ago!

Matt

June 8th, 2010
8:26 pm

Bama 2009!!!

Matt

June 8th, 2010
8:31 pm

Still, in all honestly GT fans, it seems GT runs that 100 miles but still has that one to go and then they drop.

Doug Roberson

June 8th, 2010
8:47 pm

I can do that

CatsFly

June 8th, 2010
8:53 pm

We like the ACC the way it is. Our BB is unsurpassed, and our FB shows tremendous promise. The SEC is great in FB, with no promise in sight for BB. ACC 1.5; SEC 1.