In September (2011), it was announced that Syracruse University and the University of Pittsburgh would be added to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Having started in Greensboro in 1954, the ACC has been an athletic division that includes many colleges along the eastern seaboard. Although it is not yet settled when these colleges will officially become members, their addition will bring the total number of colleges in the ACC to 14.
The most recent additions to the ACC prior to this announcement were Boston College in 2005 and Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004. The planned expansion of the ACC with these two schools may have a much greater affect on college football overall, since the Big East Conference will be down to only five or six schools for football, pending recent invitations to other schools to join.
When polled about how they felt about the expansion, many students didn’t seem to care or know about it, although more students who knew about it and cared supported it rather than opposed it. the Poll finds that 31% support this change and only 11% opposed it, 9% because they didn’t want the ACC to have more teams and 2% because they felt that more teams should have been added. At the time of this poll, a quarter of students (24%) admitted to not knowing this change had occurred, and 34% said they had no opinion.
This change in the amount of schools in the ACC and the anticipation of more schools being added in the near future has many people seeing athletic conferences being revolutionized. There is talk that if the ACC keeps on having schools added to it, they may start a trend of less athletic divisions that include a greater amount of colleges and universities. Within the ACC, it is not clear which division the Wolfpack will play in, or which rivalries might be affected by adding more teams.
Do you support the recent expansion of the ACC to include Pittsburgh and Syracuse?
Note on Methodology: The Pack Poll at NC State University was fielded between Nov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2011. Responses came from 1108 partial and 970 completed interviews with NCSU undergraduates. A random sample of 5,000 students’ email was used to contact potential respondents, who were invited to take the on-line survey using a software program called Qualtrics. The survey has a margin of sampling error of approximately plus or minus 3 percentage points. For smaller subsamples within the survey, the margin of sampling error is larger. In addition to sampling error, factors such as question wording and other methodological choices in conducting survey research can introduce additional error into the findings of opinion polls.