|The ACC logo in 1995 when only nine teams made up the league.|
Now 15 teams are in the basketball league making for an
oversized conference where teams don't play each other as often.
I've felt this way for a long time. I have felt that the college conferences should be no more and no less than ten teams. Ten members. Each conference. That's it. That's simple.
Now, in all of the conference realignment over the last 25 years, I've sat back and absorbed all the chaos. As an ACC guy, I've seen what this can do to a league. The ACC added Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville over the last 15 years ... but lost Maryland along the way. While the conference is neat to navigate at times (my Tar Heels get to face some great programs) it has also killed a lot of what I held dear in this league. Playing everyone and visiting all those great stadiums and arenas. The kinship of being in a league.
Now, North Carolina and Wake Forest don't play every year in football (to that point, they actually scheduled "non-conference" games against each other). Clemson and UNC don't face off twice in basketball anymore. The round robin feel of football and basketball is gone and conferences just don't feel the same anymore.
That's why I'm taking it back! If I was King Of Sports, I'd make this happen. The 10-team conference is set up perfectly. It causes a 9-game football schedule in which each team gets to play every other conference member and a basketball schedule where you get an 18-game schedule where you face everyone twice ... meaning you visit every other conference member's gym. We get true champions and a fair shake in the standings.
If you still love conference championship games in football, we can make it where the top two teams in the standings will face off in a title game. Hell, throwing out the divisional format would usually mean better matchups in those title games. Last year, for example, we could have had Florida State-Clemson and TCU-Baylor in title games. I actually prefer that idea and the ACC has even toyed with proposing that under the current setup.
So what would the conferences look like? Glad you asked. I've realigned them using some thought and compassion. I'm basically resetting things back to 1990 and starting from there. I'm not looking at the now and lopping off teams in the current memberships. Then I'm moving from there.