Safe to say more R&R will be had this year than last.
Less than a week before the 2012 gathering, then-
So much for the “routine” meetings that
Next month's ACC retreat — May 13-16 — figure to be far closer to Littlepage's expectation, this courtesy of Monday's news that the conference's 15 current and future members have agreed to a media grant of rights.
The arrangement essentially prohibits schools from leaving the ACC through the 2026-27 academic year — an institution intent on such a move would forfeit approximately $300 million in television revenue and be unable to recoup it in a new conference home.
But even with stability assured, the league Virginia and
* Collaborating with ESPN on a cable channel dedicated to ACC sports. I hesitate to mention this first, because fans expecting such a channel in the near-term likely will be disappointed.
The conference’s demographics, which stretch from Boston to
* Exploring future bowl partnerships. With major college football embarking on a four-team playoff in 2014, the ACC,
For example, the ACC’s top destination after the
Commissioner John Swofford has appointed a committee of athletic directors, including Virginia Tech's Jim Weaver, to study bowl options. With Notre Dame eligible for non-playoff bowls affiliated with the ACC, those options should improve.
One bowl likely to team with the ACC is the
* It's unclear whether the spring meetings will produce consensus on where to stage any or all of the ACC basketball tournaments from 2016-21, but the topic will be addressed.
The paramount question is whether the event travels north of the Mason-Dixon Line for the first time, to New York City. The new Big East appears intent on retaining the old Big East’s
Given the conference’s scope, fans accustomed to the ACC tournament “belonging” in
Those are just some of the talking points expected at Amelia Island. The league is stable and strong, and Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Notre Dame should make it stronger. But no conference, not even that football Goliath SEC, can afford complacency.
To avoid any satisfaction, all Swofford need do is remind folks: No ACC team has reached basketball's Final Four since Duke's 2010 national champions, and no football team from the league has played for the national title since Florida State in January 2001.
That needs to change, and with Monday's grant of rights, Swofford and others are steering the conference in the right direction.
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