ACC Finds Solid Ground In Unstable Environment

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has emerged as an attractive football conference.

After a shaky start in conference realignment roulette, the basketball-rich ACC rebounded and became the first power conference to reach 14 teams.

That seemed to be an unlikely scenario a few weeks ago when the Southeastern Conference looked like it might snatch up one -- or more -- ACC schools. Instead of losing teams, the ACC added two with the possibility of adding two more at some point.

While it looks like an upset -- the ACC is not known for its football prowess and nearly a quarter of the league is mired in NCAA scandals -- the ACC obviously is appealing. With at least 10 schools making inquiries about joining, it has cemented a place in superconference discussions.

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  • by Colin Location: Bristol on Sep 23, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Any conference that has a team name that ends in "State" is a weaker conference.
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      by Cornholio on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:31 PM in reply to Colin
      That is a statement that makes absolutely no sense. Do you know anything about college sports? The Big 10, ACC, PAC 12, SEC and Big 12 all have team names that end with "State". All of the top 5 conferences in the country.
  • by J on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:52 PM
    Rich basketball conference indeed. The two teams just added are certainly better basketball schools than football. Watching Syracuse play Duke and UNC in basketball every year is nice to see though. Football in the conference will continue to be dominated by FSU, Miami, and Virginia Tech.
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      by Sam on Sep 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM in reply to J
      Not by Miami it wont! Miami could end up getting the death penalty over the whole Nevin Shapiro thing. It's more like the 2 Techs and Florida State who will be at the top of the ACC.

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