September 12, 2012
Notre Dame got everything they wanted, and more, from ACC
I ’m on vacation, yet if I didn’t write about this monumental day, I’d feel like I cheated y’all…
For 20-some years I’ve been the Observer’s NBA writer. Before that I covered Syracuse (right out of college at Syracuse through the 1987 title game). I came to the Observer to cover the ACC at large, spent seven months in Raleigh, then came to Charlotte to start covering pro basketball in Charlotte.
So I appreciate how the Big East was formed, how the ACC has evolved and how major deals are made.
Notre Dame got the better of the ACC today. I suspect it’s still palatable, because at some hypothetical date down the line (not necessarily as soon as the end of the NBC contract), adding the Irish will make great sense.
Here’s what bothers me – and not a little – about the deal the ACC forged: When the Irish aren’t very good in football (that happens far more often than the “Wake up the echoes’’ guys contend), Notre Dame is part of the ACC bowl pecking order.
Think about that: If the Irish are 12-0, they don’t have to play a title game in Charlotte to get into a BCS game. They don’t have to share revenue with ACC teams if they win the national championship.
Yet when they’re bad, they can hopscotch over Wake Forest and N.C. State and Boston College, regardless of whether they’re better.
That’s wrong. Not a little wrong. Yet all the schools in the ACC were OK with this bargain. Now, it might not matter historically who plays in some bowl named after a weed-whacker. But those things become strangely emphatic when fans can see the diss in December.
I get why Notre Dame was a great “get’’ for the ACC. But don’t think for a minute this wasn’t a massive concession because the Irish are the Irish.
Posted by Observer Sports on September 12, 2012 at 09:49 PM | Permalink
Posted by: Jason Warren | Sep 12, 2012 10:12:34 PM
Well, when the playoff is implemented with 4, then probably 8, teams I can't imagine State or Clemson or any other fan will travel to the Champs, Sun or CFA Bowls...it'll be much like the NIT. No one cares but for the tv content and extra practices.
Posted by: Freddy | Sep 12, 2012 10:14:45 PM
You can't compare the NIT with the bowl system, even if the BCS playoff has eight teams. The power of football is pretty amazing in this country. Yes, teams with 6 and 7 wins are going to get screwed over, but fan bases will still travel to the games.
Posted by: Doug | Sep 12, 2012 10:41:03 PM
You could not have assessed this situation more correctly. If Notre Dame never joins the ACC in football, yesterday will go down as one of the biggest boondoggles in the history of collegiate athletics.
Posted by: Harold Ward | Sep 13, 2012 8:02:11 AM
Agreed. In reading the terms, this was the only one that really stuck in my craw.
Posted by: Curry | Sep 13, 2012 10:28:14 AM
I understand this concern, but you also have to consider the benefits of Notre Dame's presence when the ACC renegotiates bowl tie-ins. If the ACC is able to improve its bowl line up, that lessens the sacrifice of possibly giving up a spot to ND.
Posted by: John | Sep 13, 2012 11:13:53 AM
i've never understood the infatuation with notre dame.
it'd be like if the red sox or cowboys played in indiana. and hadn't won championships since '88. kind of like the redskins.
redskins don't get special deals do they?
Posted by: charlottean | Sep 13, 2012 4:29:29 PM
I tend to agree with John.
Mid- and lower-tier bowl tie-ins often change over time. Realignment and the new playoff setup likely will accelerate that change.
For instance, what happens with the WAC's three bowl tie-ins if that league doesn't have enough teams to sponsor football in 2013? (That appears likely.)
Having Notre Dame as part of the mix WILL help the ACC get new bowl tie-ins and keep the ones it has.
Yes, it does mean that most bowls will pass over Wake Forest and BC for the Irish if given a chance, but it likely also means that there's a soft landing for those schools anyway.
So, this is a wash as far as I'm concerned.
Posted by: Mack | Sep 13, 2012 10:56:13 PM
I hope the ACC brings in UCONN and the shuts down membership at 16.
Louisville would be okay too, if not UCONN.
Posted by: jimmyjohnsonjones | Sep 14, 2012 1:24:43 PM
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