ACC, Super Pac-12 Conference Discussed by UNC Brass: Report

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Conference realignment is crazy, unpredictable and consequential, but it’s a necessary evil in today’s college football world.

Television media rights are the golden goose that everyone seems to be chasing right now and it looks like after a lucrative deal followed by a lucrative deal we are heading towards a couple of super conferences. However, reports on the east coast suggest there could be three when all is said and done.

According to a report by Andrew Carter of The News and ObserverUniversity of North Carolina leadership floated the idea of ​​forming a “super conference” between the ACC and Pac-12 after USC and UCLA shocked the nation by departing for the Big Ten.

The News and Observer acquired text messages between UNC bosses through a public records order, in which school officials discussed the future of the Tarheels’ athletic program.

“We should explore a partnership with the Big 12 or Pac 12[?]UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham sent a message to university chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.

“We could have a super conference both athletically and academically,” Guskiewicz replied. “It would probably need to be called the Atlantic-Pacific Athletic Conference (APAC). Maybe that’s crazy, but if it brings us a better TV deal, it might be worth considering,” he continued.

“Do we need to think about what results do we want? What are our priorities? Do we want to keep all teams in the ACC? Is this a new league? Do we want to have the same number of teams in each school? Should we play a national or regional schedule?” Cunningham questioned.

Dreamers dream, but this would be the biggest shake-up in the history of college athletics if it ever came to fruition. Can you imagine a world where Washington Huskies and Miami Hurricanes are at the same conference? We’re talking teams that travel 3,300 miles (49 hours of car travel) to play a midweek conference basketball game. That seems pretty unlikely and pretty inefficient when you put it that way, right?

However, you won’t see me saying that will never happen, because I would have called you crazy six months ago if you told me that two schools in the Los Angeles market would be in the Big Ten by 2024.

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