UPDATE: Saturday, September 17, 10:20 CST:
So, on this Saturday morning, NYT, ESPiN and others reporting that Pittsburgh and Syracuse have applied to the ACC. The reports appear to be confirmed by the ACC.
If Pitt and 'Cuse joined the ACC, I suggest that the ACC becomes very attractive to Penn State. Academics are equivalent (as discussed originally). Money will be equivalent because, if the ACC goes to 16 (Pitt, 'Cuse, PSU + one), the TV contract will be renegotiated. With that combination of teams in Bball and Fball, the ACC will very likely get B1G and SEC money. Add to that: PSU gets a couple of its "natural" rivals back (plus adding Maryland). The ACC North begins to look like JoePa's once-upon-a-dream Great East Conference.
So, I am curious what PennStaters think about the idea of Penn State jumping to the ACC?
As we have all been reading, Texas A&M is heading to the SEC as School #13. There has been a lot of speculation about which school would be #14. Missouri and West Virginia have been widely discussed and mentioned.
Now, Florida State has explicitly put themselves out there as a candidate by announcing that they are forming a committee to explore conference affiliation.
I cannot imagine that the SEC would reject Florida State if Florida State wants to join. So, assume FSU goes to the SEC. Now the ACC needs a replacement team.
How about Penn State? ACC is good academically, so that's a fit. The ACC money is not quite as good as the B1G's money, but it's not awful. ACC teams like Maryland and the Virginia schools are pretty close; Boston College could be a good rival. ACC is "east" and thus, "not midwest." PennStaters are always complaining they hate the B1G, about the "betrayal," about how the B1G is pulling them down, no real rivals, etc.
So, what do we think? Penn State to the ACC: Bad because we'll have to change all the trophy names and bye bye B1G hockey conference. LOL
And, then the next question: who does the B1G get to replace Penn State?