Would you stop complaining about the new ACC schedule?
I've never designed a schedule for a conference that will someday have as many members as the United Nations. But if there were a way to ensure that North Carolina and N.C. State played twice a season in basketball, wouldn't the ACC do it?
Expansion has critics because change has critics. But in today's market a conference either grows or atrophies. Pittsburgh and Syracuse were ready to bolt, and if the ACC had not recruited them, somebody else would have.
Not every ACC expansion move has worked. Boston College made and makes no sense. BC can't deliver the Boston market. Hey, Boston Market. The Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Bruins are Boston's teams.
It would be nice if the ACC would remain a North Carolina-centric conference that revolved around UNC, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest. It would be nice if big malls hadn't put neighborhood ma and pa stores out of business, and if NASCAR were still racing in North Wilkesboro, and if Junior Johnson would take me on one of his moonshine runs.
But things change, and those who adjust succeed and those who don't play in Conference USA.
I kind of like the idea of Pittsburgh and Syracuse in the ACC.
No matter how big the conference gets, two qualities won't change: the ACC will be terrible in football, and North Carolina and Duke will be the greatest rivalry in the state and, during basketball season, in the sport.