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The Drive Monday 7-1-13 - Pat Forde joins The Drive to talk about Moving Day in college conference athletics. They get into how the three new teams will affect the ACC, how long some of the best coaches in the ACC will stay in the ACC, and how Louisville will do in the ACC schedule next year.
The ACC officially expanded for the 2nd time today, and Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde was asked what the ACC’s new additions add to the two biggest sports in the conference.
“Well I think undoubtedly basketball improves and it was already good but you bring in Syracuse with its cache, its history, its following, and its recent success and then you bring in Pittsburgh which has become a very consistent winner, well at least until the NCAA Tournament, and I think those are great additions to any basketball league. Football, I don’t think they had a whole lot.”
The ACC has not had a football team win a national championship in over a decade. Louisville, who will officially join the ACC next summer and who has a shot at being a national championship contender in football this year, is stuck in the American Athletic Conference for a year so they won’t be able to bring that glory back to the ACC.
“No one is going to give them credit for playing that schedule. If they were playing an ACC schedule this year, and could be as good as they are on paper, and have a chance to be 12-0 or 13-0 or 12-1 then they would be in the mix, they would be in the conversation. Doing that in the American Athletic Conference is not going to do them much good and so from that standpoint, the timing is lose-lose. The ACC could finally have had a national championship contender in football which is something that is long overdue and I think this conference has been a massive underachiever in football.”
This big move by the ACC has been applauded by man in this area and around the country, the Yahoo! national columnist was asked about the changing perception of ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
“I think the perception has changed significantly just in the last few months…I think John Swofford has really changed some people’s perception of him as a commissioner and really, I think he has to be a really big hero in ACC country.”
When news of this expansion broke, many looked back 10 years ago when the ACC added Boston College, Miami, and Virginia Tech. Some believe that expansion was a failure, Forde was asked to explain why many believe that.
“I think Boston College was a bad fit all along, I don’t think there was anything much to be gained from that…Miami, I don’t think anybody foresaw Miami football becoming what it’s been in the ACC. I don’t blame the ACC for going and getting Miami, I just think, geez, I think it’s more on Miami then on the ACC.”