Buzz Williams. Wow.
In my opinion Williams does not make this move if not for the ACC's recent acquisitions and the demise of the old Big East. It's conceivable ACC basketball becomes a hype machine where teams like VT are actually halfway decent, similar to the rise of Ole Miss, Miss St., Vandy, etc riding on the coattails of the SEC teams winning football championships.
$18M over 7 years has to help too..
I think we've earned that status for ourselves @dtm1997. As a Hawks fan I certainly know how big bball can be in this city and also how, through poor play, you will totally and absolutely lose the fanbase. I also agree that the league will experience a near-SEC football like explosion and soon. I just hope we don't end up as MichSt/KY-level (in keeping with the SEC fball analogy) cannon fodder for the real teams.
MichSt went to the rose bowl last year and had a somewhat decent argument for the championship game.... I hope we end up that level in both football and basketball.
You know what...I'd be fine with that. All boats rise and maybe we can actually get some more hoops resources. Perhaps justified, but I'm kind of over it being GT's redheaded step child so to speak. We've got great facilities, great location, great academics... we can certainly use some hype.