Sources: ACC to discuss growth in Friday call
Andrea Adelson, ESPN
- Senior WriterAug 31, 2023, 06:22 PM ET Close ACC press reporter.
- Signed up with ESPN.com in 2010.
- Graduate of the University of Florida.ACC presidents and
chancellors are arranged to have a phone call Friday morning to go over expansion once again, numerous sources informed ESPN.While it stays uncertain whether there are enough votes
to include Cal, Stanford and SMU, there is hope for a resolution to the monthlong discussions. The presidents call was at first supposed to occur Monday, however was held off after a North Carolina faculty member was shot and killed on campus.There are four schools that have actually protested the additions: Clemson,
Florida State, North Carolina and NC State. The ACC needs 12 out of its 15 schools to vote yes to expand.Editor’s Picks 1 Associated The ACC will not take an official vote till commissioner Jim Phillips understands they have the 12 yeses required to authorize growth
stated. There is optimism layered in obscurity from the schools out West, who are concurrently making plans for a yes vote however unsure whether it will arrive.On Thursday night, UNC-CH Board of Trustees Chair David L Boliek Jr. verified he and vice chair John P. Preyer sent out a declaration against growth, pointing out various issues–
including long-distance travel and a failure to address”the earnings variation ACC members deal with.””The strong bulk of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees opposes the proposed expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference to consist of Stanford University, the University of California
, Berkeley, and Southern Methodist University, “the statement read.”Although we appreciate the scholastic quality and the athletic programs of those institutions, the travel distances for regular in-conference competitive play are too great for this plan to make good sense for our student professional athletes, coaches, alumni and fans. Furthermore, the economics of this freshly envisioned transcontinental conference do not sufficiently deal with the earnings variation ACC members deal with. Without ironclad assurances that the proposed growth serves the interest of UNC-Chapel Hill, our company believe it ought to be voted down.”The supreme vote comes from UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz.With Florida State and Clemson seemingly entrenched in their positions versus growth, that means all eyes possibly turn to NC State. The Wolfpack have long been considered as the most susceptible of the 4 dissenters. However there has been no definitive sign since Thursday night that chancellor Randy Woodson has altered his vote, numerous sources said.There are likewise political aspects at play for North Carolina and NC State. The two schools typically vote the same method, as was the case the first time a straw survey was taken 3 weeks back. However sources suggested they do not always require to vote as a block.Discussions about including the three schools gained steam over the previous week after a brand-new financial model was presented to help reduce concerns from the four schools that were against.Sources suggested SMU will take no television cash for 7 years, while Stanford and Cal will take 30 percent. That is anticipated to create a pool of in between$ 50-60 million yearly to divide amongst ACC schools. A few of that would be distributed to all members, and the rest would be put into a
swimming pool for success initiatives.Whether this extra cash suffices to get to 12 votes stays to be seen. If the votes are there to broaden, Cal, Stanford and SMU would be expected to go into for the 2024-25 season in all
sports. The potential move follows the Pac-12 spiraled in the wake of eight schools departing in current weeks.