It appears that the ACC is being proactive and will be one of the superconferences. Pittsburgh and Syracuse have submitted applications to join the ACC.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has been approached by at least 10 schools about possible membership, a group that includes the Big East’s Pitt and Syracuse, both of which have tendered letters of application, a high-ranking ACC official said Saturday morning.
In addition, amid a “fluid landscape” in conference alignment, the ACC presidents have unanimously approved to increase the buyout for schools to leave the conference from $12 million-$14 million to $20 million, the source said, making it a highly unlikely scenario that any ACC teams defect from the conference.
Obviously, this is a very fluid situation. Our message board community has been discussing this all morning in this multi-page thread.
CBS has reported that a source has stated that Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC could be officially announced as early as Sunday. Another source from the Big 12 has also shared the same insight with a University of Texas blog.
Something to keep in mind — both Texas and Oklahoma’s boards/regents are meeting Monday to discuss the future of the Big 12. (Link to analysis) Is all of this just ‘coincidence’ right before Texas’ meetings?
@ClayTravisBGID just tweeted something about our last update that makes a lot of sense.
If Big 12 “admins” know ACC plans, Texas and Texas Tech to the ACC has to be pretty far along.
That is interesting insight that dovetails on our thought about the timing of the Pitt and Syracuse news happening BEFORE Texas’ Board of Regents meeting on Monday. Already having Pitt and Syracuse in the fold would serve to show significant stability. At that point, a school like Texas wouldn’t have many variables to consider — the composition of what they would be joining would be almost 100% secure.