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.