Most of the ACC fans I know wish the conference could be like it was in the old days, when everybody played everybody twice during the basketball season and there was one division and not two and gas prices were about a tenth of what they are now.
I don’t. If the conference had not expanded it would not have Virginia Tech.
The school offers the ACC more than the coveted Greater Roanoke Market (GRM). It’s a great place to watch a football game, up there with Clemson and Florida State. It’s a beautiful campus, a cool little town and a place where football matters. You feel it in Blacksburg the night before the game.
The basketball also matters, as North Carolina discovered Saturday. A young team that was shaky early coalesced under Seth Greenberg, an excellent and emotional coach. It was hard not to watch the game, which was rough and thrilling and ended with a two-point Tar Heel victory.
It was also was tough not to watch Greenberg, who would get so angry after some calls that he’d stomp to the end of the bench and past it, almost reluctantly returning, as if he could watch the game no more.
Are the Hokies an NCAA tournament team? He thinks so, of course. And they might be. But everybody thinks their conference is the conference that is entitled to one more entrant, that entrant usually being the team they favor.
Two of the Hokies starters are freshmen, one a sophomore and only one a senior. So they ought to be competitive next season. Their football team ought to be pretty good, too.