We All Know What DeFilippo Thinks: But How About the Rest of the ACC?

Hey there Husky fans! So I've been spending some time over at BCI lately, inspired by some of their more vocal and less polite members' habit of trolling on the UConn Blog. One of their constant refrains is "No one wants UConn in the ACC!". Now we're all aware that's the position of DeFilippo and the majority of fans at BCI. But ever since the Globe article came out which said that UConn would have been the number two school to receive an offer, but for the lobbying/ranting of DeFilippo, I've been curious what the opinions of the other eleven ACC members (plus Pitt and 'Cuse) really are on the subject of UConn joining the ACC. There's very little out there in terms of the school presidents and ADs. So I figured I'd head over to the blogs, search for "UConn", and see what I could find. Not everyone was for it, some are against it- but the majority of ACC fans, at least in the posts that I found, seem to either support UConn joining the conference, or to feel neutral/ambivalent about expanding further now.

Here's a sampling of some of the better posts I read:

Let's see- here's a VTech fan posting over at BCI:

I suppose I dont have the perspective down here in the mid-Atlantic that you guys have but I think UCONN would be a great addition. As far as the whole they didn’t want us to leave in 03 thing, nobody from the Big East wanted the three original ship jumpers to leave but they would all do so given the chance. I don’t see it as a reason to hold a grudge.

As for the State University of New Jersey I dont see them adding anything Cuse, Pitt, and UCONN don’t already as far fanbases go and they just don’t have a quality product on the field.

by bluecollarhokie on Sep 18, 2011 1:27 PM PDT


Lots of love from Clemson:

However unless the ACC goes to 16, and adds a quality football program, I don't think we renegotiate a substantial TV increase. UConn would've been a better addition in that regard.

y DrB on Sep 18, 2011 11:43 AM EDT
I would rather take UConn than the Cuse

by FIGUREFOUR on Sep 18, 2011 3:04 PM EDT
If UCONN joins

ACC will be a monster of a basketball conference. Duke, UNC, Syracuse, Pitt, UCONN, Maryland, NC State, FSU, Clemson.

by ggggmen08 on Sep 18, 2011 3:21 PM EDT
If we have to do this

I’d want UConn and Louisville, which should strengthen at least basketball, but they’ve also had good years recently in football.

by mdlusk on Sep 19, 2011 8:14 AM EDT
If Swofford says they are not opposed to going to 16 teams, then that probably means they will go to 16.

I think it is safe to say UCONN will be one, but the question is who will be the other? I am for WVU or Louisville, and do not want Rutgers or USF.

by Tigerplowboy on Sep 19, 2011 10:57 AM EDT


Maryland fans fighting for UConn over at BCI:

I also don’t see how a BC fan like yourself can get a big enough dick to say that Maryland should be shipped off to the Big East. Lets not forget that bringing BC and Miami into the conference has been regarded as a failure, and in hindsight bringing in Cuse and UCONN would’ve been the smarter move. Hell, WVU and Pitt would’ve been better (athletically, not academically). If anything, I’d see BC getting the boot back to the Big East before a founding member would.

by testudo13 on Aug 16, 2011 4:16 PM PDT
I'm a Maryland fan

and after some aggressive day drink, I’ve decided that as a founding member of the ACC I’d like to trade BC to the Big East for UConn. To sweeten the Pot. The ACC will further agree to stop stealing NON-football playing schools of the Big East.

Don’t worry, it’s like trading a middle reliever for the end of a season, you’ll come back at the end of the year and bring along your friend Notre Dame.

by RedTurtle


Two shout-outs from Virginia:

As to who is next – seems like UCONN is the most likely – great BB and Big East champ in football last season, plus good geography with proximity to Pitt, Syr, and BC as well as actually being located near the coast

by AtlBirdsFan on Sep 19, 2011 2:48 PM EDT
As for further expansion targets, I'm not at all convinced UConn is out of the picture. If we go to 16 - and I'm leaning toward wanting to because it would actually greatly ease my #1 gripe about football scheduling - UConn is the first school I'd want.


Georgia Tech's got our back:

The pod idea works great with two more Big East teams.  If, as rumored (and predicted here on FTRS), UConn and Rutgers are the next two ACC teams, the pods for the ACC are easy to build.

UConn and Rutgers bring the NYC market, which will be very  interested in the ACC when there are five schools nearby playing at the highest level.  Plus, these schools are right for the ACC on many other levels as well.


Couple of nice ones from NC State:

i understand BC's position, but its too bad BC is blocking UConn from getting into the ACC. with the men’s and women’s basketball teams of UConn, the ACC would be the top conference in both men’s and women’s basketball.
on a similar note, i know some VaTech fans who hold a grudge against both UNC and Duke for trying to block their entry into the ACC.

by sbas2 on Oct 10, 2011 12:13 PM EDT
Why do we care what BC wants? When do the fortunes of 1 school outweight the fortunes of the other 11?

by PACKHOOLIGAN on Oct 10, 2011 12:30 PM EDT
Too bad no one blocked BC

by TVP on Oct 10, 2011 1:13 PM EDT


Syracuse polled their community on who they'd want for a further ACC expansion. The results:


Poll: If the ACC expanded to 16 schools, who would you like to see added?

Rutgers & UConn  247 votes

Notre Dame & Rutgers 107 votes

Notre Dame & UConn 482 votes

Someone else altogether (explain below)  104 votes

940 votes | Poll has closed



I even found a BC fan willing to speak up for UConn



A lot of empty talk about UConn. I’m a BC alum and can see why people think we’re a bunch of arrogant DBs. BC is comparable with UConn in academics, football (not that says much since we both suck right now), and in our pride in other sports. I’d like to see an annual BC-UConn football game and get back with them on the court. I hope they get into the ACC. In any case, I hope readers see that not all BC alums are condescending jerks.

by Blue and Old Gold



Message received, Blue and Old Gold.

So chin up, everyone. There's a lot of haters out there- but there are also a lot of ACC fans who want to see UConn brought on board. Just a little pick me up on the day we bid adieu to WVU, and a reminder that DeFilippo (despite what he might think) doesn't represent the entire ACC and their fanbase.

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