The conference merry-go-round

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 05:27 AM

It seems like it has gone on for years now.

Right about this time, major colleges announce they are either leaving or joining a new athletic conference.

On Wednesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted unanimously to add Louisville to the conference, from the Big East.

The Cardinals will join Pittsburgh and Syracuse, who elected to bolt the Big East earlier this year. Notre Dame will also come to the ACC for all sports except for football.

The move Wednesday came on the heels of last week's announcement that Maryland and Rutgers were leaving the Big East for the Big Ten.

In addition, on Tuesday, the Big East responded by bringing Tulane for all sports and East Carolina for football only in 2014.

Since when did conferences become so competitive.

We can point to one fact: money.

With the advent of lucrative television contracts for football and basketball, schools have been chomping at the bit to get their piece of the revenue pie.

While the ACC struggles in football, its basketball television revenues, with partners like ESPN, are virtually through the roof.

Money is the reason which is evident by the fact that Notre Dame will not join the ACC in football.

And, why would they? Their own television network brings in millions of dollars each and every year.

The clear winner in the latest expansion craze is the ACC.

Not only does the conference bolster its credentials in basketball by adding Louisville, but it also adds another big-name head basketball coach in Rick Pitino to go along with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy WIlliams.

Not to mention that the Louisville football program will add more credibility to the conference in that sport.

While people in Kentucky and within the ACC offices have significant reason to cheer the additions, there has got to be a point in time when the conference-hopping comes to an end.

We saw it with the Big Ten, Big 12 and the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) recently. Now, the moves have made their way to the East Coast.

We would like to think that the move is to better align conferences together, but West Virginia to the Big 12 really takes that logic right out the door.

Let's let the madness stop so that we fans can actually focus on the sports and not the insanity that has come with conference realignment.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board


The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark