I agree it is a wise move in that it saved the conference. It locked in Clemson and gave the networks (ESPN/FOX) access to a couple ND games yearly. So it was a much-needed move but it came with a blood price. When that first team gets bumped down in the bowl system for ND there will be backlash and a very unhappy fan base. The biggest problem however is this is a money issue. ND in the Big Eact made them no more money so they fell behind. Getting 5 games in the ACC makes "some" money but Swofford himself stated the move was "financially neutral". If that is the case that is a problem still. The league is well behind the other 4 conferences in total payouts. And the biggest avenue for a revenue increase is via BCS bowl/playoff games. Getting two teams in is a financial windfall... just ask the SEC. If you can get two in out of 10 like the Big 12 is targeting you'll be insanely rewarded. The ACC basically gives up that chance with the ND affiliation. IT also puts incredible pressure on the Chik-Fil-A and other bowls they have ties to that do make money. --I haven't fact-checked yet but assume 3 of their 7 bowl tie-ins make money. ND would likely steal one of the 3 at least 50% of the time. If the ACC gets ND to 2 road games that helps 2 schools a season. That's it. So it helps each school financially once every 7 years on average. Texas Tech just announced a third tier rights deal yesterday. They have a more profitable athletic program now than half the ACC. Think about that for a minute. Tech is using that money to hire research professors and make tier 1 status. Many ACC schools are there but are struggling financially to remain. FSU chief amongst them. Maryland cut like 7 or 8 sports programs out altogether.