As ACC fans everywhere awaken from a rough basketball night, they will drink their morning coffees and teas in good cheer. The ACC has reached addition by subtraction. This morning, the ACC presidents met to discuss expansion, and expansion they decided on as Louisville has become the newest member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. So the ACC lost Maryland? Oh well—good for the ACC. Here is why:
The first impression is that Louisville, a solid basketball university, boosts ACC football, with an up-and-coming football program that will challenge Rutgers for the Big East championship on Thursday this week. However, the upgrades to the ACC don’t end there. Louisville has gone for 27 and 22 the last four seasons compared to a 17 and 32 Maryland in football. Also, the Cardinals went for 9-2 this season and look solid for a strong 2013 season with a lot of returning upperclassmen.
Louisville’s athletic budget is currently at $84.4 million while Maryland’s is at $57.5 million. When placed in comparison with the ACC’s current highest budget, Florida State at $81.4 million, one realizes the athletics potential which Louisville brings to the ACC. Along with Louisville’s big-money athletics, in the last 6 years, Louisville has reached a BCS bowl game, men’s and women’s basketball Final Four, the College World Series, and the Men’s Soccer College Cup.
Did the ACC add by subtraction? It seems so. Even though Louisville has had rocky athletic seasons in the past, it is has athletics programs and the budget to put out solid teams each season, something that has been lacking from Maryland for the past few years. So yes, addition by subtraction is the ACC’s game today.
The Louisville Cardinals are expected to arrive in 2014.
Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Louisville. Welcome one, welcome all (with your wallets please).