Georgia Tech to the Big Ten Makes No Sense, At All

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.



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3 responses to “Georgia Tech to the Big Ten Makes No Sense, At All

  1. Tommy Smith

    It’s called extra $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    with the new Big Ten tv contract that will be coming out.

  2. Georgia Tech and Virginia to the B1G Ten makes plenty of sense. Academically they are aligning themselves with the best conference outside of the Ivy League. All the B1G Ten schools are AAU qualified. That is not the case with most ACC or SEC schools. GT and UVA would earn the highest $$ conference payout in the land and upgrade facilities to compete at a higher level. As for GT, they have to get out of the shadow of UGA and stop playing second fiddle to the Bulldogs in the state. This is how they will do it both financially and on increased exposure. The B1G Ten gains TV coverage in the heart of SEC country and other B1G Ten schools are open to more recruiting the southeast. It’s win – win for everyone involved. Virginia is on board and GT doesn’t want to get left behind, if they choose no, then North Carolina is the B1G Tens next target. Either way rivalries will end and others will be born. Losers: ACC and SEC

  3. Georgia Tech already has really, really good facilities. Upgrading facilities isn’t going to help them become a better football team. That’s not their problem.

    Alienating the fan base and making it harder for fans to attend games, that’s not going to help anything either.

    Bringing in smaller away crowds, except for when you get Ohio State, Michigan or Nebraska in your building, also not going to help anything.

    Besides, whatever help it does to the on field product, football wise, Georgia Tech will never be able to annually compete with Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin and the like. If they want a chance to succeed in football, it will be in the ACC.

    And as for academics? They’re already aligned in a very good academic conference. Miami, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia, and now Notre Dame allow the ACC to more than hold its own academically with any other FBS conference.

    So, it appears you have your opinion, predicated mostly on the almighty dollar, and while from that sense, and sense alone, long term, it makes sense. From every other angle, I don’t think it does.

    Georgia Tech knows that in the ACC, it is in a conference that will be to basketball what the SEC is to football. Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville, North Carolina and Duke alone make this an exceptionally great basketball conference. Notre Dame, Virginia, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest are icing on a really, really nice cake.

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