So, yesterday I wrote this piece over at the mothership. It's all about the ACC and basketball excellence and the league having to recognize that the basketball excellence has not translated into financial success in the current athletic climate. It caught static, prompted Carolina March to right a rebuttal using all sorts different occurrences to prove that the league, and UNC, have pushed for football success. Great rebuttal honestly, it was very solid from a "see the league/school did X, Y and Z for football" standpoint.
Ultimately it is what it is, if folks really believe that UNC has pushed for success in football at the highest level in the same fashion that they have basketball then I can't really tell them shit. Stadium upgrades are nice. They really are. But, that doesn't change a program from being happy with mediocre levels of success. Levels that would get coaches fired elsewhere. Elsewhere of course being places that want to do, in football, what UNC does in basketball.
As for the league itself, the expansions have come for football. A sort of push to buy the success without changing the culture of the league's existing members. Grabbing some schools who were solid in football and thinking that would raise the level of the league as a whole. It has not worked. The culture and expectations, from fans and administration is largely unchanged. It is what it is, I don't know that it is a bad thing, aside from the whole money ordeal.
In the end I don't particularly care. If the league implodes then so be it. If they opt to galvanize themselves by becoming all basketball all the time if teams depart, so be it. Shit happens. Things fall apart. Oh well. Sorry Charlie. I'll still be in Kenan for a handful of games every year.
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