Rumor: When the ACC breaks up, certain schools will be left out of Power 3

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Longtime college football radio host Greg Swaim relayed that several schools will be left out of the Power 3 conferences once the ACC disbands and its members start joining the SEC, Big Ten, and Big 12.

"While I can't tell you exactly when exactly the ACC will break up, it will happen very fast when it does happen," Swaim prefaced before saying, "There undoubtedly will be teams left out on the invite list from the soon to be P3, and no one wants to be among those on an island by themselves at the end...which is why there are so many stealth third party talks going on!"

There was once talk of the ACC surviving by "firing" schools in the bottom tier of revenue earners, but that's since been ruled out by Swaim.

With that said, that rumor did imply who can be left out of the Power 3 if/when the ACC disintegrates.

Boston College and Syracuse most likely to be left out of Power 3 if ACC disbands

Award-winning writer Dick Weiss was the first to report that the ACC's top schools could leave the bottom half of the conference behind -- and he called out Boston College and Syracuse by name as schools that could be left out in the cold.

"Administrators from seven schools-- FSU, Clemson, UNC, Miami, NC State, UVA and Virginia Tech-- have discussed the idea of 8 to 10 ACC schools voting to break away from )the) league, end (the ACC's) grant of rights with majority decision and creating a TV deal that would be just as valuable with less schools splitting the pot," Weiss prefaced before asking, "Think BC, Cuse are getting nervous?"

Wake Forest, the least winningest program in ACC history, and SMU, which took a deal that wouldn't have them paid by the conference's Grant of Rights for the first seven years of its deal, also seem likely to be left out of the Power 3.