Georgia Tech to the Big Ten makes absolutely no sense, whatsoever, and for so many reasons.
1) We have established ACC rivalries. There are no rivalries that could be established with Big Ten teams. None. Northwestern, on the basis of academics, might be the only thing that strikes me as a possibility. But the rest of the conference is already full of established rivals, that Tech isn’t going to break through. I mean, I could maybe see potentially Penn State being one, MAYBE.
1b) The addition of Notre Dame, and it’s a matter of time before they play football full time, presents an opportunity to establish a bit of a rivalry there. The academic rigors make these a good match, and their football history is actually a bit deeper than one probably assumes off the bat. Take advantage of this.
2) We have a seriously costly buyout we’d be forced to pay the ACC. We already are paying an expensive buyout for Paul Hewitt, and it’s very, very possible we are about to be paying one to Paul Johnson as well. So we’re going to scrape up the money to pay the ACC as well?
3) We have a chance in the ACC in football. Hell, we’re playing in our third ACC title game in seven years. Do you know how many SEC championship games Georgia has played in in that time span? Or Florida? Or Alabama? Bama and Florida have each played in three. Georgia, one less. I say this to illustrate, the fact that, in the SEC, those are the “elite” programs and that’s how often they play in conference title games. So in the ACC, as sad as that is for the rest of the league, Tech is one of the big dogs. Only Virginia Tech has played in more, and this will also be the third trip for Florida State.
4) Seriously, let’s ask the fans to shell out even more money to take even longer road trips in this economy. Replace an hour and a half drive to Clemson by making us play in Ann Arbor, or up in Happy Valley. Or maybe, maybe we can travel to Bloomington, Indiana, or even Chicago every other year. Lincoln, Nebraska sounds like a really awesome trip, just like Minneapolis. And, in case you haven’t noticed, which all Tech haters have :), we don’t sell our tickets very well to our own fans, at home. We NEED visiting fans to fill the stadium, to help us reach our budget. You think Gophers fans are coming down from Minnesota to a game at Tech? Right. Sure, the big fan bases like Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska are appealing in this sense, but you will only get two of them on an every other year basis. It will be like once every 10 years or something for the others, all the while trying to basically sell Duke and Wake Forest on your home schedule, but only having them have to drive from 10 plus hours away.
5) We don’t even have a friggin Athletic Director. So just who the hell anyway would be making this decision? I would think, to switch conferences you are athletically affiliated with, one would first need an A.D. to make such a move…..
So, I hear the rumors, and I think it’s bullshit.