If you missed the update in the previous post, ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a teleconference today that there’s been no discussion about realigning the divisions. He anticipates that Louisville will simply take Maryland’s spot in the previously agreed upon scheduling format.
That means the Cardinals are in the Atlantic Division and will play Virginia as a crossover rival. So Virginia Tech will continue to play Boston College as its yearly crossover opponent.
I chatted briefly with Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver, who liked the addition of Louisville and reiterated earlier statements that the Hokies are happy to be in the ACC.
“We as an institution have always wanted to be in the Atlantic Coast Conference,” he said. “And that’s where we are and I think it’s the very right place for our institution to be.”
Weaver said he gets lots of emails from fans about wanting to join the SEC, but he doesn’t respond to them.
“If I would answer all the emails I got, I wouldn’t get anything else done,” he said.
Switching gears, Aaron McFarling and I did another podcast this week. We recorded this Tuesday, before the realignment stuff came up. We discuss Virginia Tech’s narrow win against Virginia, the Hokies’ bowl prospects (one gentleman left me a voicemail saying the only game that will take them is the fictitious West Virginia Dog-Catchers Bowl, which I believe is sponsored by Alpo) and even touch on cornerback Antone Exum‘s burgeoning rap career.
Give it a listen below. To hear it on a mobile device, click on the download button in the upper right hand corner of the player.