Maybe we can rest easier now that Larry Fedora and the ACC members have recommitted to their contractual futures. I admit that I thought Fedora was gone, so we have some really good signs about some things that may become fact rather than speculation.
First, the ACC and its members know how much money is being discussed, where it is coming from and what each school’s take will be in the coming years. While this may still not be Big Ten money, the ability to set up your own network must be a great sign for the future, even if the league has not moved more than one state west of the Atlantic so far.
Second, money is only ephemeral. Offer me $200 million to coach for one year, or even $10 million, and I might move anywhere. Offer me a million more and I have to consider the future.
And as with most leagues in sports, there are top contenders and also-rans.
So with North Carolina football, having recruited the top player from Ohio for next year, who is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, we will see some amazing progress by Fedora who can really recruit.
In time, and for the future, building a football institution is a far greater attraction for the future and a legacy than trying to regain a past. Tennessee is finding this out.
As for the ACC, we know some members are antsy. But North Carolina not bolting is a big plus. Wherever that might have been.
So it is that at the end of 2012, just before 2013, we have stability once again.
And a future.
Go Heels, and Go ACC!