Nov 27, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA A general view of the ACC Big Ten challenge logo on the floor prior to the game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

B1G Expansion Talks Continue; UNC Has Offer to Join Conference

In the this just will not go away category the Big Ten Conference expansion talks are once again circulating with ACC schools as their target.  The Virginia Cavaliers are rumored to be the most likely to jump ship, Georgia Tech is also a possibility and yes North Carolina has an offer.   But don’t worry, I don’t see the Tar Heels leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Recently a judge denied Maryland’s motion to dismiss ACC lawsuit the Terps tried to weasel their way out of paying the massive ACC exit fee by claiming that a North Carolina court, where the ACC suit was filed, has no jurisdiction over Maryland and that the university has sovereign immunity from such suits. This is a huge win for the ACC and although it’s hard to imagine that something won’t happen to bring down the massive $50 plus million figure at the very least it shows schools the conference is serious and will fight to keep the exit fee in tact.

The ACC has several additions coming in the next couple of years including Notre Dame (in all sports except football), Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.  Maryland is a big loss but nothing close to what losing a program like Florida State or UNC would do to the conference.

I don’t see UNC leaving based on these comments Bubba Cunningham made in late November:

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

UNC and Duke are joined at the hip and neither school is going to leave the other. It may happen one day in the distant future but not anytime soon, especially if things hold up and Maryland is forced to pay that massive exit fee.

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  • Ahhines

    I never want us to leave the ACC! No one else should leave either! Were turning into a super basketball conference!

    • nyyfan

      Basketball doesn’t pay the bills, sorry this is all about football. I’m up north and people have been saying for months the next step for the BIG is UNC and VA.

  • Stephanie Korcheck

    Many said the same thing about Texas and Texas A&M…. money is a very powerful incentive… and it’s football money, not basketball

    • Ahhines

      Being from Texas, no one gives a crap about Texas A&M basketball. Texas A&M football is #1 to that school. SEC is a football conference; hence the move. ACC is becoming a basketball powerhouse. I believe it has the most tradition out of any conference. UNC basketball one of the most prestigious programs of any school for any sport of all time. I hope UNC stays in the conference that has all the UNC great memories.

      The BIG will never be anything in football except for OSU Michigan and MSU. Sure Wisconsin is a name, but that is all.