and what you think may happen is that The Dukes and Vandys are still in the SEC after all the merging dust settles. This isn’t about fandom, and I’ll take the backseat to none in that category either. It’s about winning. Sure we can jump to the mighty SEC and be the 20th best team out of the 28, that will do all the fans and season ticket sales wonders. WTF let’s fight Vandy for the cellar. IF you think Tech is on the same level as Bama, Georgia, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Auburn, Florida, Texas A&M, Clemson, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida State Or Miami financially you would be mistaken. You say we would be part of the center of the college athletics but we wouldn’t. We would be knee deep in the middle of billion dollar sports budgets while spending a third of that on our sports programs. Competitive hope not withstanding we may be on par with South Carolina, Mississippi St, Tenn, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Arkansas but doubtful, they all outspend Tech on football alone. The absolute truth is it does us no good to be in a conference that’s so stacked with money and teams that our future would be that of Vanderbilts. Money does no good when the competition is light years ahead before the bigger pie gets split. Tech may increase it sports budget by 50 million but that won’t touch what these other schools can already spend. They are already rich and they will add the same amount to their budget as Tech does and we will still be behind.
Techs best hope is that The ACC stays together where we can continue our upward course, where recruits see us as the outlier and a up and coming sports school. I love Tech and because of that I don’t wish to see us mired in the lower middle of schools who have been pumping money and recruits into their programs for 20 years as we just start.
If all this shifting is truly gonna hit, and I’ve stated several times i believe it is, The ACC would be better off casing aside the lower tier of member schools and going all out to get ND, Oklahoma St, Texas Tech, Baylor and yes even West Virginia, even UCF and USF
IF it folds into the SEC most of the ACC teams that go will immediately become 2nd tier teams just in it for the money. Most Tech fans want wins. I’m not betraying my team by hoping they can land in a conference that makes money and in which they can actually be contenders to win the championship.
Tech would be stupid to jump in that SEC tidal wave for any other reason than money. If you want a team that’s playing for something every year we are better suited to play in a conference with schools that are in similar situations. In any scenario you can imagine Tech doesn’t improve until the school dedicates more resources to its sports, we can be in the SEC if folks like but our Admin still has to spend the money on itself.
You can keep your negativity about GT. I have more faith in GT than you do. You act like GT can't be competitive when our history has shown we can be competitive and with periods of excellence: GT beat Auburn under Chan Gailey (CHAN GAILEY!!!) when Auburn was predicted to win the National Championship. We won the national title in 1990. We've been to two Orange Bowls in the just the last 12 years. We've gone to 4 ACCCG in since 2006. How many "factory" type programs have we beaten since the modern age of P5 conferences? We've actually only had 4 losing seasons since 2000. Alabama has had 3 losing seasons since 2000, Texas has had 4. The point is, teams you view has unbeatable to GT won't always be that way...but you don't get to find out if you're not on the field.
The fact is, the ACC is not going to be the "ACC" soon. GT fans who think we can remain status quo and be fine are putting their heads in the sand. We gave up fighting on the field by leaving the SEC, and it cost us decades of wandering the desert. We turned away from the B1G, and now we struggle to break even and compete because we barely scrape by with revenue when life would have been MUCH easier with an extra $15-20 million a year from the B1G.
@Northeast Stinger mentioned that leaving the SEC and turning down the B1G was only a mistake in hindsight (which I disagree with...but that's a totally different discussion), but let's talk about the here and now. We're at a point where GT is standing on a rock by the edge of the ocean and everyone can see two giant waves heading towards us. GT can either stand on that rock and do nothing and get destroyed by those waves, or we can be proactive, paddle out to meet those waves, and enjoy the glory that comes with surfing those giant monsters. There will always be risks involved in change. The outcome of GT standing idly by is far more disastrous for our program than joining a more competitive league that helps our bottom line...and also give us the chance of relevancy. Make no mistake, GT is headed the way of UCF, Tulane, Cinncinnatti if we get the opportunity to join a new look SEC or B1G and we turn it down. If you're happy with almost ZERO chance of making the playoffs, and living the life of reduced revenue have nots, then turning down the SEC or B1G is the move GT fans like you should take. Keep in mind, if you think GT attendance is bad now, wait until GT is no longer part of a meaningful conference. That's not a move I would make because that's giving GT zero chance before we even get on the field. No thanks.