The ACC voted to add three schools to its conference beginning next year
The GIST: One more conference realignment domino fell Friday morning, as the presidents of ACC schools voted 12-3 to add Stanford and Cal from the Pac-12 and SMU from the AAC beginning in August 2024. Will they still call it the Atlantic Coast Conference? TBD.
How it happened: After Stanford and Cal were left for dead in last month’s Pac-12 implosion, their frantic search for a new home brought them to the ACC’s door. SMU, smelling an opportunity to jump to a Power Five conference, joined the bid.
- To win over the ACC’s 15 members, the applicants promised to forfeit conference TV contract disbursements, freeing up $55M for even distribution among original schools. Who says you can’t buy friends?
- This move’s a blow for athletes who will have to trek coast-to-coast for conference games next season, but admins expect Olympic sports, at minimum, to meet halfway to reduce travel burden. Ah, Dallas — our favorite Atlantic Coast destination.
The Pac-12’s swan song: One thing’s almost for sure: This is the final nail in the Pac-12’s coffin. With only two remaining members, Washington State and Oregon State, it’s hard to see how the conference will survive.
- In the meantime, the Pac-12 is throwing one hell of a goodbye party, kicking off its (likely) last football season with its schools going 12-0 in Week 1, becoming the only undefeated FBS conference, and tying the SEC for most schools in the Top 25 with six.
Speaking of the ACC: The conference’s first all–ACC football battle on Monday signaled another major power shift. As you read, unranked Duke, who’s usually mediocre-at-best, spanked then–No. 9 Clemson 28–7 to take their first Top-10 win in 24 years. 1989 is so back.