In a move that we all saw coming, the Atlantic Coast Conference has added the University of Louisville to replace departing Maryland, effective starting in 2014.
I don’t like the move, as I’m one of those people who believe that a conference called The Atlantic Coast Conference should only feature teams actually on the Atlantic Coast, but I suppose this isn’t as ridiculous as San Diego State University and Boise State University playing in the Big East Conference or, you know, the fact that Notre Dame will be playing in the ACC Conference as well. It’s a business, though, and the ACC added Louisville because of their dedication to fielding marquee teams and ‘aggressive approach to success’.
Louisville makes the ACC much more competitive in football, which is badly needed in the conference. So far this season, the conference hasn’t fielded any significantly competitive teams, from a national standpoint, outside of Florida State and Clemson. It also increases the talent level in basketball, which I feel is badly needed. Duke and North Carolina have been alone at the top for awhile now, with no other team presenting a legitimate threat on a consistent basis. Louisville, along with fellow future additions Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse, can be the team that gives Duke and North Carolina problems on a year to year basis from now on.
Those wondering of even more expansion by the ACC in the future need not worry, as the ACC stated they wouldn’t go past fourteen teams.
Well, there you have it, Duke fans. With the addition of Louisville, ACC basketball gets even more challenging in the future. are you ready to face Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, and Louisville on a yearly basis? Sound off in the comments section below.