Originally Posted by ABQCOWBOY
..... OU wanted Louisville to be the next addition and FSU was what many of the other members wanted. At least, that's what I've heard. Could be that Louisville still gets in, I don't know, but to me this has always made the most sense.
To me, it's just the most logical choice.
Louisville made more sense in the Big12 than FSU--which makes almost no sense other the extra dollars on the current TV contract (whose 3rd tier rights many now deem way overvalued).
I've always said "never say never" on this topic.
The fact that FSU was the only school besides Maryland to vote against the $50 million exit fee did raise a few more flags. This could happen at some point.
I think if the ACC were to stand pat, there is a 50-50 chance that in 4-5 years they will be as good as the Big 12 in football again, or better.
Teams like FSU, Clemson, Va Tech, Ga Tech, and even UNC , Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and some others all have good potential. And although the new TV contract is not as big as some, it is a big upgrade from what they had. Plus, unlike the Big 12, they retain much of their basketball rights.
Still, nothing will surprise me at this point. Lousiville going to the ACC already disproved my thoughts that the ACC would not sell out academics for dollars and TV market.