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.