Not sure why a bunch of stuff chose to break just before Juy 4. It means more stuff piling up in the browser window. The expansiopocolypse stuff, once more, has been a big summer filler. And like so many big summer movies, much more hype than any substance.
The Big 12 expansion stuff ended up a lot like the Green Lantern movie.
Hyped blockbuster, but the story dragged.
Actors that just didn’t have the fit or energy for the movie. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively headlining a summer blockbuster=FSU and Clemson in the Big 12.
Bad storyline with motivations muddled and abandoned. The Big 12 wants back to 12. No, wait, they’re happy at 10 teams. They want FSU and are willing to take Clemson. No wait, it is ND they want. FSU athletic department is broke, not broke, wants to move, internal disagreements, who knows. Clemson coaches pooh-poohing the move while Clemson fans clamor to go… While in the Green Lantern movie, they tossed in and abandoned little storylines and characters so that you didn’t know the reasons for anything culminating with Sinestro abruptly putting on the yellow “fear” ring at the very end of the movie. This after seeing Parallelax defeated by green willpower and hope.
I’ll stop there because I’m heading off on a major digression before even beginning.
After all of the drama, the ACC looks just fine.
While the four-team playoff increasingly is looking like a warmed over BCS, that isn’t the worst thing for the ACC at this moment. That’s because the ACC has secured its major bowl partnership with the Orange Bowl.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Orange Bowl Committee announced today a 12-year agreement that will annually feature the ACC Champion in the Discover Orange Bowl to be played on New Year’s Day at 1:00 pm beginning after the 2014 season.
As part of the new postseason college football arrangement recently announced by the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, the ACC has selected the Discover Orange Bowl as its annual contract bowl partner, to serve as the home of the ACC Champion. If the ACC Champion is identified as one of the top four teams by the Bowl Championship Series selection committee, then the ACC Champion will participate in the national semifinals and a replacement team from the ACC would participate in the Discover Orange Bowl.
In addition to the partnership between the ACC and the Discover Orange Bowl, it’s anticipated that the Orange Bowl will host at least four semifinal games in the new recently announced arrangement by the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee. In the years that the Orange Bowl serves as a semifinal host, the ACC Champion would then participate in one of the three host bowls that will be established as per the direction of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee.
That’s right. Even if the ACC has its champion among the selected top-4 teams for the playoff, the next best ACC team has a guaranteed big-time bowl game. Increasingly, the only differences between the present BCS and the new system is that the Big East joins the “have-nots” in terms of access.
The bigger deal for the ACC, though, in terms of the Orange Bowl. The TV rights. Rather than be part of the BCS — or even playoff package — the rights for the Orange Bowl will be held by the ACC, who can shop it and keep around 50% of the money. That includes the years where the Orange Bowl will be hosting the playoff semi-final.
So not only does this mean the ACC has the stability of a major bowl game in addition to the access to the playoff system; it means an additional revenue stream for the conference.
The one question remaining is who will the ACC play in the Orange Bowl. It won’t be the Big East. There are a lot of reports that Notre Dame will be in the mix as an opponent. Not surprising. And not surprising that as usual ND takes care of itself (really, seeing some of our eventually former Big East brethren express shock that ND wouldn’t try to help Big East football in this respect is amusing). The way the Orange Bowl determines the ACC opponent will be an ongoing subplot.
Ultimately, as expected expansiopocolypse is dead for 2012. It’s not over. Not by a long shot. There’s plenty of discontent in FSU and Clemson. Even VT has rumblings. There may even be some stuff rumbling by next summer. But reality suggests that it’s going to be sometime after 2014 and the first go-round of playoffs before there is anything that approaches a real chance of conference shifting.