With the conference re-alignment talk taking center stage again this summer, two conferences have been echoing through the Louisville channels: the Big 12 (which is nothing new) and the ACC. The fact that Louisville will be leaving the Big East soon seems all but written in stone, but which conference would you rather the Cards end up in? These two conferences seem very different to me, but both have some very nice positives along with them.
Big 12: We have been hearing the rumors for Louisville to the Big 12 for almost a year now, and just like before, the move would really favor the football program. The move to the Big 12 would bring powerhouses like Texas and Oklahoma to the Ville every other year, which would obviously bring the program a lot more national recognition. Also, with teams like Baylor and Oklahoma State that are consistently in the top 25, the Cards will be tested week in and week out, which is always exciting for fans to watch (particularly if we are winning). The basketball isn’t bad either. Obviously Kansas owns the high post status right now, but with Baylor on the up and up, and Texas and Oklahoma knocking on the ranks every once in awhile, it would still be a fun competitive league to watch. Let’s not get any thing out of check though, we should expect Louisville and Kansas to be the top programs in that conference most every year if they were to venture west to the Big 12.
ACC: The ACC rumors are a bit new to the conference realignment talk. This has mainly been built up because of the random Clemson blog that had a possible Clemson and Florida State scenario where those two teams go to the Big 12. Even if that did happen, the ACC basketball tournament at the end of the year would turn into the new Big East Championship. I would even argue that since Syracuse is moving to the ACC, the tournament should be held at MSG. Just look at these teams though….North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, Pitt, Wake Forest, NC State, and a historic program like Maryland. If the ACC were to keep FSU, that would make it even more interesting. The ACC could turn into the SEC in football, where the National Champion in basketball comes from the ACC every year. The football would be pretty damn good too. Think of schools like Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Clemson.
I’m a bit biased to the east coast, but I don’t see how anyone could look at the ACC and think that is not a good fit. Let us know what you think. Which conference would you rather see Louisville end up in?