The ACC was born in 1953. Maryland and six other schools abandoned WVU and the Southern Conference for a new league. Those seven schools were also founding members of the Southern Conference, where WVU called home from 1950-1968.
The ACC added Virginia - also a founding Southern Conference member - later in 1953. Georgia Tech was added in 1978 and Florida State in 1991. Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College departed the Big East for the ACC in 2004 and 2005.
Syracuse and Pitt announced their intentions to do the same last year, and will officially join next season.
Sources I spoke with Tuesday morning said WVU was never, ever considered an option for the league during those periods of expansion.
WVU's new league, however, could be enticed by longstanding ACC members. Rumors have long been that Florida State and Clemson are particularly delectable pigskin powers.
Plus, that would restore order to conference naming gone wrong and give the Big 12 a dozen teams.
Florida State and Clemson being the desired options of the league also show why Brey and those on Tobacco Road are fretting the future. The realization is sinking in that football drives the bus.
The Big 10 and Pac-12 have long had a relationship with the Rose Bowl, and now the 14-team SEC and Big 12 have a Sugar Bowl alliance. The champions of the SEC and Big 12 will meet in New Orleans the next 12 years if they aren't competing in the four-team playoff.
The deal is for 12 years and is worth $80 million.
Those who predicted a college football future of four power conferences and the leftovers can see which leagues will likely sit at the big boys table.
The ACC is on the outside looking in.
WVU is on the other side of the glass.
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