Re: BC Bowl Better Than UCONN's
posted at 1/11/2011 7:28 PM EST
In Response to Re: BC Bowl Better Than UCONN's
[QUOTE]I already know that most BC fans will never admit it, but you guys made a huge mistake leaving the Big East. You can sit there all you want and talk about how much better off you are in the ACC, but let's take a moment to look at reality. There is a better than even possibility that your team might have been to at least a couple of BCS bowls if you were still in the Big East. Since going to the ACC, your team has basically not measured up to expectations. I know that your Athletic Director sold out for the money, but in the end, at what cost.
Posted by commander007[/QUOTE]
This crap again? Sigh. When will people get it through their heads that this was a strategic
move by BC on a number of levels.
1. Increased money. BC didn't have to cut sports like baseball.
2. Increased BC's national appeal, particularly in the Southeast. Applications from the ACC states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida have dramatically increased. The move to the ACC was meant to enhance BC's reputation as a national university and move away from the image of being a regional university. (Somewhat related, the Southeast states are one of the few where the population of Catholics are increasing and Catholics will always be a core component of the BC student body).
3. Increased academic cooperation and prestige. As part of the ACC BC gets to associate athletically with what it considers "peer schools": Duke, Wake Forest, UVA, North Carolina Georgia Tech and to a lesser extent, Virginia Tech and Miami. In addition, the ACC has a number of programs related to academic cooperation that help all the schools.
4. Miami and Virginia Tech were already leaving. Should BC keep its relationship with Miami and Virginia Tech? Or stay in a Conference with South Florida and Louisville? Which association would help BC more...Miami and Virginia Tech? Or South Florida and Louisville?
5. The ACC is widely considered to have better soccer and baseball programs than the Big East.
6. Fan Experience. Any fan who has travelled to any ACC school (but especially Clemson and Florida State) has raved about the way the fans of the other schools treat BC fans. Let's compare that to BC's one - and only trip - to UCONN in the past 50 years. Anyone who went to the 2003 game at Storrs can only describe UCONN fans with one word: animals. I know people who said that UCONN fans were throwing bags of human feces and urine at BC fans. Is that a league that you want to associate with? And let's not mention the Guidos of Rutgers and the hillbillies of West Virginia. Thank God we don't have to go to any of those places any more.
7. The Big East is inherently unstable. Does anyone think the Big East will continue as is? Most people in the know think that the non-football/FCS Catholic schools are going to break away and join with the non-football/FCS catholic schools in the Atlantic 10 and Patriot league to form a FCS (1-AA) football league and and all-sports conference, leaving behind the rements to merge with Conference USA.
I could go on, but the move to the ACC was a fantastic one for BC and one that all BC fans support. BC is not the school it was in the 50s: a small regional college with below-average academic reputation. It's goal is to be a national recognized University with a strong academic reputation and the move to the ACC has bolstered that.