The ACC football championship moves to Charlotte in 2010, and several prominent Charlotteans would like to keep it here.
Perhaps some of them have attended the SEC championship. I went to Atlanta a few years ago and watched the SEC championship on Saturday and the Carolina Panthers play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Carolina-Atlanta was a game. The SEC championship was a cause.
Downtown bars and restaurants were jammed that Saturday night. The trains -- MARTA -- were full of fans from the participating schools chanting and talking and yelling and singing. As spread out as Atlanta is and as dysfunctional as its freeway system is, the city felt like a college town.
The ACC doesn't have the SEC's talent or tradition. The SEC competes for the national title. The ACC competes for the ACC championship.
But the ACC could improve. It almost has to.
Attract the right teams and Charlotte, too, could jump and shout. Virginia Tech and Clemson have a big-time fan base, and North Carolina and N.C. State fans would show up en masse if their school advanced. Florida State fans are everywhere -- or were.
I'd love to see it. If the wrong teams advance, plenty of good seats will be available. But it's worth the risk.