ACC reorganization unlikely in wake of UNC trustee declaring Tar Heels want out

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247Sports' Bud Elliott believes the ship has sailed on the ACC reorganizing once FSU, Clemson, and UNC likely cause an exodus from the conference since the eight schools that don't make the conference any money passed on keeping it together.

"I think the ACC re-org has sailed," Elliott prefaced before saying, "The 8 schools that don’t make the league any money had a chance to keep it together and still make more than they would make individually on the open market. They passed. Understandable. Classic principle-agent issue."

Elliott's comment came as a response to UNC trustee Dave Boliek bluntly stated the Tar Heels' desire to end up in a higher revenue earning league.

"I am advocating for that," Boliek said (h/t WRALSportsFan). "That's what we need to do. We need to do everything we can to get there. Or the alternative is the ACC is going to have to reconstruct itself. I think all options are on the table."

ACC lost PR war in a way the Pac-12 couldn't even imagine

When the Pac-12 went down, many saw the administration as incompetent. The conference couldn't land a good TV deal, and its pillar programs (USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington) decided not to wait around and joined a Big Ten looking to expand operations nationally.

The way the ACC is going down shares similarities but has a key difference. A TV deal with ESPN is in place, for now at least, and the conference has produced several College Football Playoff champions, but the SEC and Big Ten are simply growing in a way that's causing the top ACC schools to want in on -- and the conference itself is choosing to be a thorn in the side of those teams legally.

The PR nightmare the ACC is going through right now is not one the conference will come back from. That means there will be 18 schools looking for new homes sometime in the future.