ACC expansion happened Friday when the news broke the conference would expand to add three teams. The ACC voted to add Stanford and California from the conference formerly known as the Pac-12. SMU will finally make their appearance in a major conference.
The ACC debated for weeks and negotiated as they had four teams preventing the expansion from taking place. FSU, Clemson, North Carolina, and NC State were those four schools. However, NC State caved in negotiations to flip their vote to a yes to push the expansion through.
The move was for ACC survival among the major conferences, but does nothing to close the growing revenue gap between the ACC and the B1G/SEC.
It’s why the three schools serious about competing at the highest level, FSU, Clemson, and North Carolina, continued to vote no to the expansion.
They know staying in the ACC means they will fall far behind their competitors in those two major conferences. NC State was thought to be bound to North Carolina, but NC State has never had any football success in their history. They’ve only won 10+ game once in their history and likely know they would not receive an invite to the SEC or B1G should they leave the ACC. One school that consistently voted yes to the expansion was Miami.
This action tells me Miami’s adminstration isn’t serious about playing big boy football anymore. I still expect FSU and Clemson to leave the ACC in the near future. I find it funny all of the North Carolina media guys talked so much trash about FSU wanting to leave the ACC, only to see North Carolina vote against expansion.
Anyone with common sense understands teams that want to compete at the highest level must leave this conference. It’s only a matter of time before the teams remaining in the conference longer than five years fall into obscurity.