Oh, I remember. Syracuse was the original ACC play, along with Miami and BC, before the VA governor and legislature forced/strong-armed the deal toward VT via UVA's vote.People don't remember--and I don't remember all the details--but if the VA legislature hadn't gotten involved VT wouldn't be in ACC. They didn't bring much to the ACC, but they are the biggest school in a populous state with lots of eyeballs. WVU would bring less. It's not going to happen.
The Alliance will package attractive games for the networks in order to bid against the SEC. That's the direction this is going, and not expansion for the sake of expansion. CBS still has the SEC 3:30 games--not ABC/ESPN/Disney, who would like to have better games to compete in that time slot. The Alliance could make that happen.
Look at Syracuse vs. VT historically prior to that decision. Outside of Mike Vick years, Syracuse wins. And the divergence between the schools since that decision is remarkable. I think the VA legislature is a significant reason for Syracuse's decline in football (the other compounding reason and 1-2 punch was one of the worst HC hires in NCAA history).