UNC BoT chairman rips ACC for propping up lower schools at FSU, Clemson, UNC's expense

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UNC Board of Trustees chairman John Preyer ripped the ACC for propping up its lower schools at the expense of North Carolina, FSU, and Clemson during an interview with WRAL's Brian Murphy.

"The conference is not acting as if it is representing the best interests of the member schools including the top tier of those schools - Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina," Preyer prefaced before saying, "Instead, it is acting at the expense of those schools to prop up the bottom tier of the conference in a way that I think is a gross abdication of responsibility. And I lay that at the feet of the commissioner."

Preyer all but admitted that UNC is looking to leave the ACC to negotiate with other conferences -- with the SEC making sense given their lack of presence in the state of North Carolina juxtaposed next to a presence in the states surrounding it to the west and south.

"Carolina has a great recognition that our brand is of interest to other conferences," Preyer said. "And rather than let Carolina explore that, it seems as if the conference and its commissioner want to deny any conversation or latitude that would even potentially allow for that. It's a member organization and I don't feel like all the members of the conference are being well served by that kind of leadership."

UNC predicted to be next school to legally pursue action against ACC

Longtime college football radio host Greg Swaim believes UNC will be the next school to take action against the ACC after FSU's January action and Clemson joining the cause in March.

"UNC is definitely sabre rattling after FSU and Clemson hit the ACC first," Swaim tweeted. "Expect UVA next, as we expect the AAU-accredited Tar Heels and Cavaliers to the B1G and the non-accredited Seminoles and Tigers to the SEC."

The ACC has made enemies out of its top schools after expanding to add Stanford, Cal, and SMU -- the latter of which isn't even taking a payout for joining for its first seven years -- and not fighting for more equity in College Football Playoff negotiations.

This most certainly won't lead to a stronger conference, though it doesn't necessarily mean the ACC will die a similar death to the Pac-12 either considering ESPN's contractual interests in their TV rights.