Of course, while that balances out home and road games in conference, it only leaves space for two nonconference games, which means it could be just as hard to get to seven home games on the season.
The Dude claims he's not talking football anymore (doubtful...) Anyone catch the chat he did on goEMAW the other night?
The Dude of WV on WVU
An alliance doesn’t put additional money in the pockets of either conference since both of their T1 & T2 rights are tied up in long-term contracts.
Such a scheduling alliance has zero effect on the bottom line.
And for ACC fans they annoying question persists: Why did Swofford reach out to Bowlsby? Most I spoke to yesterday about the move viewed it as an act of desperation by the ACC.
According to my sources in the Big 10 the AAU status is still a big deal as federal research money is one of the primary factors in the Big 10 appealing to ACC schools, but Jim Delany believes a school, given the proper resources, mentorship and motivation can raise itself up to AAU standards and he is willing to consider offering schools without AAU status who have a viable plan to achieve the designation in the near future.
The scheduling alliance is probably all a smoke screen. When was the last time something a conference commissioner spoke openly about came to be in regards to conference realignment?
I'm not buying the company line right now. "We'll do a scheduling alliance w/ the ACC, unless they get picked apart" doesn't sound assuring to me. We're on an island in our conference, I hate to be in constant fear of our place (GoR? Fine for the next 8-10 years, then it's back to the 2011 or 2012 summer fun...)
Is this one of those cases where, when the B1G or SEC picks off a couple of ACC schools, the Big 12 can say, "See? We tried, but with the changing landscape we're inviting..."? How long until either or both the B1G/SEC move past 14? Isn't 14 a scheduling nightmare?
An interesting article looking back to the past:
A Brief History of Conference Realignment, Part 2: The Iowa Gambit - Black Heart Gold Pants
It has been going on a long time.
The Dude = ATTENTION WHORE