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Will the ACC realign yet again?

Jun 16, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

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Assuming that no other schools plan to leave or join the Atlantic Coast Conference in the next few months, the question remains: given the expansion that the conference has gone through recently — adding Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East, will there be any realignment of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions?

Florida State president Eric Barron has suggested a more natural geographical alignment plan, with Georgia Tech moving into the Atlantic division, where FSU already sits. His suggestion is, of course, mostly for the gain of his own program. At present, Seminoles fans have no divisional rivals in driving distance. Clemson is the nearest, and it’s 125 miles away from Tallahassee. Seems he’d rather fancy a regular visit to the bright lights of Atlanta instead.

David Teel of the Hampton Roads Daily Press doesn’t think it’s likely to happen, but he went ahead and took up the argument for argument’s sake, realigning the divisions in a way that could make more logical sense for the travel scheme:

But who would move from the Atlantic to Coastal, and how would the switches affect permanent crossover partners as Syracuse and Pittsburgh prepare to join the league?

The most logical choice would be Maryland, which would create a Coastal Division in which all schools exceptMiami were within reasonable drives. That would change the alignments to:

ATLANTIC: Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Wake ForestNorth Carolina State and Boston College.

COASTAL: Miami, Maryland, VirginiaVirginia TechPittDuke and North Carolina.

It’s certainly not perfect — FSU to Syracuse and BC is still quite a haul — but it’s a good take on an issue that’s sure to come up again and again.

Food for thought, as the breakers continue to roll in from the realignment tsunami.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

  1. jmb795 - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Tallahassee to Clemson is more like 360-380 miles depending on your route. You gotta want to go to Clemson. Check your source on that one.

  2. tomtravis76 - Jun 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    They should break down the divisions into original members and almost a reformation of the old Big East(again almost)/

    Atlantic( geography doesnt matter)

    Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State,Wake Forest- UVA and Georgia Tech were the next to be added.

    Coastal
    Florida State, Miami, BC, Va Tech, Pitt, Syracuse

    COASTAL:

  3. 11jlacy - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    The sec doing their thing right now they had their time change is good ya dig.

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