Swofford: Tech committed to ACC

ACC commissioner John Swofford does not anticipate any member schools leaving the conference. That includes Georgia Tech.

On a teleconference with media members to discuss the addition of Louisville to the league, Swofford was asked about the possibility of schools leaving the ACC, as has been rumored.

“I do not envision that at all,” Swofford said. “In fact, just the opposite, based on the conversations among our Council of Presidents over the last 10 days.”

Swofford was asked specifically about conversations with Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson. The school has been the subject of rumors that it could be headed for the Big Ten.

Said Swofford, “The nature of our conversations has been emphatic in terms of their commitment to the ACC and Georgia Tech’s future.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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ERIK

November 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

GT Willie

November 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

Well, who would really want us anyway?

The New ACC

November 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

I do think that the ACC will become one of the “super conferences” in the NCAA. These are conferences with 16 members, 2 divisions, and a football championship game.

1. ACC
2. Big 10
3. PAC 10
4. SEC

The others may or may not have a conference championship game and will include: Big East, Big 12, Sun Belt, etc.

The conference re-alignment is primarily to decide which teams are in which super conference. This decision is based primarily on television market. For example, the Big 10 wanted in the DC market, so they went after Maryland. The ACC wanted in the Kentucky market, so they went after Louisville. The television market size of the conference is what drives the dollars paid out.

The New ACC

November 28th, 2012
2:22 pm

@GT Willie – Have you ever added anything of value to blogs, or are you just a troll?

JFKDawg

November 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

Why wouldn’t they? Any other conference where you can have a .500 season and play for your conference championship? There is a reason its called the All Cupcake Conference.

Leaders and Legends

November 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

Yeah, would love to pad our stats some more with a program like Tech. We would pilfer the recruiting and television markets at their expense and treat them just like Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota in football, like punching bags.

George Stein

November 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

The Big XII is safe, New ACC, because they did the one thing that would prevent anyone from leaving the ACC: they executed a grant of rights agreement. If the ACC did that, all this nonsense would disappear.

joel

November 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

ACC, Big Ten , does it really matter. GT football has not been at a high level since O’leary left and looks like it never will be again.

Dwayne pn

November 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

Why would B1G want GT? Bc currently the B1G Network generates $0.10 per subscriber per month in the metro area. Add GT to the market that revenue jumps to $0.80 per subscriber. Thats a 700% increase. Once acknowledging the amount of B1G fans/alumni in the area you have a very profitable arrangement if GT is added. Duh.

Dwayne pn

November 28th, 2012
2:25 pm

GT went 11-3? in 2008. Better record than O’Leary ever posted. Dumb @ss

George Stein

November 28th, 2012
2:28 pm

A .500 team has played for the PAC-12 title and, I think, the Big XII title. It’ll happen eventually with all conferences.

The ACC didn’t choose Louisville for their market; they chose them because they are solid athletic addition, and the ACC said as much on the conference call today, according to the reports.

GT Willie

November 28th, 2012
2:28 pm

@ The New ACC. Just speaking the truth. I guess I really am the only visionary here.

George Stein

November 28th, 2012
2:29 pm

Pretty sure we went 9-4 in 2008 and 11-3 in 2009.

Einstein

November 28th, 2012
2:32 pm

“The ACC didn’t choose Louisville for their market; they chose them because they are solid athletic addition”

Yeah, just like the SEC chose Mizzou for their “solid athletic addition”. Give me a break.

joel

November 28th, 2012
2:38 pm

O’Leary beat UGA three years in a row ! Even the 11-3 GT team lost to UGA and had the ACC title taken away for violations.

JoeFan

November 28th, 2012
2:39 pm

Said Swofford, “The nature of our conversations has been emphatic in terms of their commitment to the ACC and Georgia Tech’s future.” Lets see how emphatic those conversatons are when the B10 extends an invitation. Lots of smoke out there for there not to be some fire.

GT Fan

November 28th, 2012
2:42 pm

Means nothing. What exactly did Nebraska and UV say before bolting? Oh yeah, the same thing about staying in their respective conferences.

We all know how that ended.

you can't fix stupid or bulldogs

November 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

Things can change when the AD comes in and a new Coach is found!

Math is Hard!

November 28th, 2012
2:46 pm

Gt would destroy every team in the B1G besides Michigan State. Bring it on!

Mike S.

November 28th, 2012
2:46 pm

You honestly cant trust what these guys say, or coaches for that matter. As soon as its out of their mouth, you then hear a report that they are leaving. All you can do is sit back and watch the dominos fall.

George Stein

November 28th, 2012
2:47 pm

If it was about markets, the conference would have invited UConn.

JM

November 28th, 2012
2:47 pm

I am looking forward to seeing many more ACC backetball games at McCamish

GTBob

November 28th, 2012
2:48 pm

Personally I would like to see the teams in the ACC make things work and build for the future. I don’t think people really consider how much of a change moving to the Big 10 would be.

Winks

November 28th, 2012
2:50 pm

I agree the football business will settle to a model with four super conferences. I also think that the schools contained in those conferences will re-align without consideration to other athletic programs — meaning the super conference model will not apply to other sports.

Somebody’s going to get left out in the cold, or the ACC and Big 12 will merge. Right now, the Big 12 carries more weight thanks to Texas and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State $. The ACC is way, way down in terms of football cache — especially with Notre Dame as a half member or whatever you’d call it. If ND joined in football, that’d help.

GT Fan

November 28th, 2012
2:51 pm

GTBob,

It would be a change for the better. God, the ACC is going to be the crappy 0-4 agaist SEC teams and the conference left overs known as the “Big Least”.

No thank you.

GTBob

November 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

GT Fan, if all you care about is football or money then yes its an upgrade. Overall though i’m not sure it would be worth it.

George Stein

November 28th, 2012
3:02 pm

The realignment thing feels like the housing bubble to me.

Skeptic

November 28th, 2012
3:03 pm

This has progressed far beyond silliness. It’s like the stock market almost.

Can I call my broker and short-sell on a school?

Buzzzed

November 28th, 2012
3:12 pm

If Tech bolts for the B1G, the ACCCG may be the last time we play F$U in a long time. I’ll miss the F$U and Clem games. That’s about it. And to hell with the ACC NC homer bball refs who have cheated GT out of many Duke victories.

Skeptic

November 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

So, firing coaches at the end of regular season was just too pedestrian I guess; now, everybody puts their conference on the hot seat, too? Fire it at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, everyone’s TV bill goes up and up. That $$ these schools are chasing doesn’t just materialize from nowhere. Good grief.

GT Alum

November 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

GTBob,

The B1G is also a quality conference with regard to academics and basketball. And quite frankly, it’s been pretty well illustrated that geography and tradition don’t matter in the world of conference realignment.

The big difference would be that Tech would be the only southern team in the B1G, depending on who else they add. Traveling to road games or to the conference championship would be more difficult than just driving to the Carolinas or Florida. Hell, even the farthest away school, BC, is not too far from an airport. Traveling to some B1G schools would be significantly more difficult.

4Jacks

November 28th, 2012
3:21 pm

GT may be all committed to the ACC at this time, but Swofford is distinctly the reason GT and all other non North Carolina schools should listen and consider all other offers. Swofford is a joke and has shown he will do anything to protect the biggest cheater in the conference “his’ almamater North Carolina, while the rest of the conference be damned. As a Tech fan wish we would have stayed in SEC although that conference really has very little rgard for “student” athleyes. The ACC is the best fit for Tech, but if BIG calls with a good offer I am gone and that hurts to even say. Face it, it is all about the money and it is ruining college sports.

222-0

November 28th, 2012
3:24 pm

i would miss the VT, FSU, Clemson and UVA games but if it is for our betterment then go for it.

The New ACC

November 28th, 2012
3:24 pm

@Winks -

I disagree with you about the Big 12. They are in big trouble. Texas refuses to share their football money with the conference. It is like the agreement that Notre Dame has with the ACC. The difference is that the ACC conference survives just fine without it – the Big 12 is suffering.

If the Big 12 can find other schools to join them, then maybe they can become the fifth “super conference”.

The ACC only needs two more schools to be a “super conference” and they already have UConn and another in line. The ACC does not need to merge with the Big 12 at all.

Tech1986

November 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

With 4 Superconferences of 16 teams each and 4 minor conferences with 10-12 teams, you can have a 16 team playoff and still preserve the “bowl” system. As a team loses, they can then be selected for a bowl game near new years. The final 2 teams will play an additional 4 games with the championship being decided the first week of the new year, No waiting 6 weeks for NCG, you start the week after the conference championships and finish buy first week of January. Top 16 teams go, no more than 3 from any super conference and 4 from “minor” conference. Also, teams will not be penalized for playing tough out of conference games, basically, you can have the top 3/4 from each super conference compete. The 4th place team still gets a bowl opportunity. No more playing FCS etc. We as fans get the best of both worlds, 34 meaningless bowl games and a true NCG. You basically say that as teams lose further in the playoff, more likely to go to a Sugar, Rose, Chick Fil La, similar to now. That way, if UGA or Bama where to lose this weekend,they are really playing for a seeding position. Just my thoughts as we start seeing 16 team conferences. You will have to play 9/10 league games and the 2 out of conference.

realistic fan

November 28th, 2012
3:28 pm

Who else would have Ga Tech. Maybe the Big East or the Conference USA. Tech should look around. Adding Louisville, Syracuse and Pitt puts them that further behind in basketball and Louisville is better in football than Maryland (or Tech) . Not looking good for Tech.

GTBob

November 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

Here is what I see as the plusses and minuses of going to the B1G:

+ More money
+ Better football
+ UGA game would get moved to another date or ended
+ Possibly recruiting
= Academics
= Basketball
- No tradition (we have only played 6 B1G games in our history)
- Travel
- Baseball would be killed
- Clemson/FSU/VT games are finished.

Its pretty even for me, but I feel the minuses are strong enough to not warrant a move.

Ken Sugiura

November 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

George – well put.
for those wanting out of the ACC – leaving a bad football conference for a better one doesn’t necessarily make you a better football team.

Chilidawg

November 28th, 2012
3:53 pm

Until Tech decides to play big boy football and stop cut blocking, the the Big Ten would not want them.

collegeballfan

November 28th, 2012
3:57 pm

I would think that GT, being a member of the AAU, would be a natural fit for the Big 10.

Jacket Attack

November 28th, 2012
4:01 pm

Were not leaving the ACC! Rumor has it that if we can convince Navy to come in the conference that Notre Dame will follow suit. I dont know why the irish care about the midshipmen but apparently they do!

Jacket Attack

November 28th, 2012
4:05 pm

Also I was thinking, What if the ACC worked a deal with NBC and we became there main conference like the Irish has the deal with them? You know the SEC has CBS? I think that would really push the ACC over the top.

The ATLER

November 28th, 2012
4:12 pm

I think Tech’s going to stay in the near future, but the ACC needs to get it’s football act together verses other conferences. And why do the mutt fans feel the need to always come on the Tech blog???!!!! Can someone please answer that question for me?

Captain

November 28th, 2012
4:24 pm

If GT is struggling in the pitiful ACC moving to the B1G would only magnify how bad football is. The only two men’s sports where GT could contend for championships in the B1G are golf and baseball. The B1G is not quite as poor quality football as the ACC but they are close.

As for GT’s record recently, wasn’t there a year where GT forfeited games and an ACC title?

fuzzybee78

November 28th, 2012
4:24 pm

Now add PSU another AAU school with a top 50 ranking and figure out how to make the money work. They are the PERFECT long term investment that eventually makes ND the final 16th full member.

Jacket Attack

November 28th, 2012
4:24 pm

Okay why would Tech leave for the big???? Sure you get more money now but the bigs fans arent going to travel and most around here arent going to travel there!!! Why would anyone drive from Atlanta to Indiana, Minnesota, or any other teams field? This would hurt what recruiting we have number one because no matter how old they are parents go to see there kids and there family play. Right now clemson, fla state, ugag, and the carolinas arent that bad of travel time. So ask yourself if you go two 3 away games a year would you do the same if we were in the other conference???? I think not!

Tech Forever

November 28th, 2012
4:35 pm

The New ACC,

“Texas refuses to share their football money.” Exactly what are you talking about there? Can you explain?

Tech Forever

November 28th, 2012
4:36 pm

I’ll say this emphatically…..if Tech leaves the ACC for the Big 10 every piece of Tech gear I own gets sent to Bud’s office. I’m done at that point. Leave for the Big 12 or SEC or don’t leave at all.

killerj

November 28th, 2012
4:43 pm

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Bad Dawg, Bad Dawg

November 28th, 2012
4:53 pm

JFK Dawg…..sort of like your “cupcake” season schedule in Athens. You played 2 teams. One humiliated you on national T.V. and the other beat themselves with turnovers. Yep, if Munson were still with us it would be “cupcakes falling from the sky”.