Conference realignment has given me a headache and it’s a subject I absolutely hate to think about. For one geography doesn’t matter anymore, tradition has been thrown out the window and all that seems to matter is money. Today I was very happy to receive a message from North Carolina Athletic Director, Bubba Cunningham who assured Tar Heel fans that UNC will not be leaving the ACC.
“Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding conference affiliation for the University of North Carolina,” Cunningham wrote. “Conference alignment is a topic of much discussion nationally these days and we understand that our fans are passionate and knowledgeable of their sports programs.
Carolina is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and we believe the ACC is the finest conference in the nation. The ACC has been our home for nearly 60 years and we want it to be our home for another 60 years at least. Our speculating on what other league may be better for the Tar Heels would not be productive. We are part of a great league with a strong future and we know that the ACC leadership is serious in its efforts to strengthen the conference and position it for long-term success.
All of us in the ACC, including the league office and individual schools, continue to carefully monitor the changes that take place in conference alignment. But again, we are proud members of a great league and are looking forward to many more years of success in the ACC by the Tar Heels and other ACC schools.” – Cunningham’s Email
My favorite line: The ACC has been our home for nearly 60 years and we want it to be our home for another 60 years at least.
Great job Bubba!