West Virginia Mountaineers to the ACC???

from Karl Ludwig, with West Virginia Sports Now.com/www.wvsportsnow.com

With the Big 12 seemingly dissolving overnight, what makes the most sense for West Virginia now?

Oklahoma and Texas are out, headed for the SEC as early as this week. With just eight members left in the Big 12 now, all not really moving the needle much in terms of national prestige, adding members from the AAC or Pac 12 seems unlikely to keep the Big 12 alive. Even if the Big 12 survives this, WVU should want out. It appears that other Big 12 members are already reaching out to gauge other conferences’ interest in adding them.

The Big 12 provided a good landing spot when the Big East collapsed, but it’s time for WVU to find a new conference. What are those options?

ACC
The ACC and WVU are a match made in heaven. Proximity, rivalries and a more natural fit for WVU than the Big 12 highlight the benefits for WVU.

With a renewal of the Backyard Brawl, WVU and Pittsburgh would be able to reunite as natural rivals. Playing teams like Virginia Tech, Miami (that already have previous ties), and schools that are, you know, not halfway across the country should add intrigue at a level outside West Virginia. Geographically, with actual money-making rivalries already in place, the ACC would be a perfect fit for WVU.

WVU’s prestige has risen in the decade since their move from the Big East to the Big 12, and WVU’s academics shouldn’t be a problem. In the arms race to likely scoop up Big 12 leftovers, the ACC would do well to invite WVU.

With almost $500 million in revenue last season, the ACC was the lowest generating conference in 2020 — aside from the Big 12 — but there’s potential for added revenue if the ACC were to add a few teams. With a TV deal that runs through 2036, the conference would need to add new teams in order to get a new deal.

Arguably the most top-heavy conference in football, with Clemson the only “true” powerhouse, WVU would be in contention with the likes of North Carolina, Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech for positioning toward the top of the conference. In basketball, Duke, UNC, Virginia, Florida State headline a loaded conference, and WVU’s basketball prowess wouldn’t be out of place.

3 comments

  1. I am hearing a few votes of NO coming in from out there on Twitter….Any YES votes for West Virginia to the ACC?????

  2. Still seeing NO, but can’t figure out if that is NO we don’t want WVU, or maybe YES we want them, but NO, we don’t think they will coming to the ACC…
    The word I get from West Virginia fans is that they will fill up our ACC stadiums…West Virginia will out-draw Wake at Wake, and they would be fighting for tickets at N.C. State and at North Carolina…Duke would also typically see more West Virginia fans at Duke, than Duke fans for football…
    Looks like ACC football would get a nice shot in the arm, if West Virginia were allowed to enter the ACC….
    The WVU-Virginia Tech, Virginia, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh games would also be off of the charts…..Expect near sellouts for these games….

  3. Here’s a bit of news I just looked up. West Virginia expanding to the ACC, yes of course and why?. Notre Dame just got their TV contract with NBC negotiated from 2016 to 2025. Now the Big 12 will most likely fall totally apart by 2022. This would give Notre Dame 3 years to decide on joining the conference completely in 2025. Why is this great, most likely the Power 4 would be completed and by this time Notre Dame will eventually become a full fledge member in 2025.

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