As the anger from traditionalists subsides about Marylands decision to leave 60 years of ACC affiliation for the Big Ten, the ACC must get to work finding a replacement.
This should be a quick and relatively painless process if the ACC handles this properly.
Not on the board is West Virginia, which moved to the Big 12 a year ago. The Big 12 owns the television rights for 13 years to any school that leaves. So nobody is leaving the Big 12.
On the board, however, are four schools the ACC must either cross out altogether or explore further: Connecticut, South Florida, Cincinnati and Louisville.
UConn has a fine basketball tradition for men and women and gets some play in the New York City market, just like Syracuse, which joins the ACC next summer. But the Huskies have never proven they can win in hoops under more than one coach, recently-retired Jim Calhoun, and Huskies football barely measures on any radar.
Cross out UConn.
South Florida is intriguing in that it somewhat rese...