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12-11-2012, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by TheMoreYouKnow View Post
I think that fate was sealed earlier. By the time the ACC pre-emptively raided the Big East and took three fairly prominent football schools, you had the writing on the wall.

Who would the Big East add to make up for the loss of Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College in football? The Big Ten is the behemoth blocking any look to the West, the ACC acted to seal off the Southern route. There just aren't enough big football schools in the East to maintain both the ACC and the Big East as big-time football conferences once one of them decides to go to 12+ members.
Won't disagree with that. Really it all can be traced back to a few things: 1 - the rejection of Paterno's proposed eastern football conference or the 1982 rejection of Penn State when they applied to join the Big East. and 2 - the SEC's adding South Carolina and Arkansas to go to 12 and the SWC/Big 8 merger which led to the 12+ team conference eventually becoming the new standard. Eastern football was just a 3 decade long ticking time bomb after that which just finally detonated completely this past year, wiping out what was left of the old eastern independents that were borderline dominant on the college football scene for years... at least as far as the East Coast goes. Now there flat out isn't a regional power in the east anymore since I consider the Southeast its own region unto itself and frankly ACC football has been struggling for relevancy since FSU started to decline, even with adding a very solid VT program.

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