What the ACC reaped in 2004, it now sows. Before the Big Ten and Pac-12 and SEC cut their various swaths through the college sports landscape, the ACC pretty much invented the concept of the “super-conference” as it exists today. It did so by stripping the Big East for parts.
Eight years later, what’s left of the Big East has to be dripping with schadenfreude, secretly enjoying a huge brick unexpectedly falling out of the ACC wall—with most everybody expecting Maryland to be only the first one. This might be the start of the ACC disintegrating piece by piece, maybe not exactly the way the Big East did, but maybe not that far from it, either.