So Pitt will pay $7.5 million to get out of the Big East and head to the Atlantic Coast Conference after the 2012 season. As someone who wants to watch some competitive football in the ACC sometime during my life, I don’t like this move. Why bring in Pitt? I understand it will not be easy to get a powerhouse football school to the ACC. But there is no need for another mediocore football school that will not boost the conferences reputation in the sport.
The ACC is pretty much a laughing stock right now in football. Florida State and Miami are down and the rest of the teams have never been a real elite team for any significant period of time. This is a basketball conference, but does it always have to be? The goal should always be to improve in the biggest money making sport in the NCAA.
Pitt would be a fine replacement for Boston College but as an addition, they do nothing for the conference. The Big East has no big time schools to offer and the SEC isn’t about to disband right now, especially for the ACC. So that means Notre Dame is the best chance, and the ACC needs to do everything it possibly can to bring in the Irish.
Even ND has had it’s fair share of struggles on the gridiron over the decade or so. The history of the University, the excellence of it’s football program, the money having ND apart of the conference outweighs all that. In an ideal world I would love to see the ACC rid themselves of Boston College and add both Pitt and Notre Dame. Upgrade the bottom while also giving the conference a team with the chance of being an elite program again. It’s not hard to imagine Notre Dame, Miami and Florida State returning to national prominence and taking the ACC to new heights on the gridiron.
I think Pitt is a fine university, I’ve had a couple friends go there, I have no problem recognizing that Pitt is better for the conference than several current members. But this isn’t seizing the moment like the ACC should be trying to do. With all the movement and rumors of future movement within conferences, the ACC needs to hit a home run for the health of the conferences football future, not a softly hit single.
It’s not over yet, I have a sick feeling this conference realignment nightmare is going to last for many more years. If the ACC can still land Notre Dame, then the conference has a shot, and who knows, maybe a decade or so down the road, a powerhouse will want to come to the Atlantic Coast.