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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - John Swofford
Ten years have passed since the Atlantic Coast Conference lured Miami away from the Big East, and the ACC is finally getting what it figured would become routine when the Hurricanes joined.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has new teams, a renegotiated TV package and a media-rights deal that offers protection from future realignment. And to go along with that new look, the league could use some new football success — though the biggest benefits might not come right away.
Larry Scott of the Pac-12 joined the chorus of commissioners calling for sweeping change in the NCAA, and said it can happen without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five.
The five power conferences are trying to redefine what it takes to operate a Division I college athletic program, with their commissioners calling out the NCAA at media days around the country.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday there is "unanimity" among leaders from five power conferences that significant changes are needed now in the NCAA.
Syracuse and Pittsburgh are finally here, Notre Dame is partly in, and Louisville will arrive soon. "The composition of the long-term membership of the ACC has never been stronger," commissioner John Swofford said.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is now a 15-team league _ and it might just stay that way for a while.
The ACC does have one more lineup change scheduled for next year, when Maryland leaves for the Big Ten and Louisville joins.
The Atlantic Coast Conference's plan to expand, revealed in 2010 and modified along the way, has come to fruition.
The Atlantic Coast Conference is staking a claim to New York City by adding the Pinstripe Bowl to its postseason lineup.
Charlie Strong's decision to stay at Louisville is the second major coup for the Cardinals in eight days.
Seems like just yesterday Randy Edsall, Maryland's imperious football coach, was imposing his will on Danny O'Brien and two other players to keep them from transferring to Vanderbilt, where former Terps assistant James Franklin has been gaining traction.
Atlantic Coast Conference leaders got the school they wanted. Louisville was relieved to find a home amid the latest wave of realignment.
The Atlantic Coast Conference sued the University of Maryland in a Greensboro, N.C., court Monday to compel the university to pay the conference's exit fee of more than $50 million, according to the complaint obtained by The Washington Times.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has agreed to a 12-year deal with ESPN for the rights to televise the Orange Bowl, with the conference champion facing either Notre Dame or a team from the Big Ten or SEC.
"We are excited to bring the ACC Tournament back to the nation's capital in 2016," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a release. "Verizon Center is a tremendous showcase for our event, and the Washington, D.C. area is an appealing tourist destination for our member institutions, as well as the alumni and fans of our teams. We received a lot of positive feedback after our 2005 Tournament in Washington, and we look forward to duplicating that success in 2016."
"I've said that over and over, fairly or unfairly leagues are judged primarily by how their best teams fare in the national championship picture and whether you have teams deep into the season that are involved in the national champ picture," Swofford said. "Perceptually so far this season has been very good for the ACC and how our entire league is received."