Get Your Orange Bowl Gear Here!
BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead


  by - Senior Writer - Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:46 AM
    |

Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins wound up being just as surprised as everyone else by Maryland’s decision to leave the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten, but he also says the ACC will do everything in its power to keep the league strong.

TigerNet spoke with Wilkins earlier this week, and he said he also has to wonder if the move was the right one for the Maryland program.

“I was like everyone and I was surprised when I heard about it,” Wilkins said. “I wondered if it made sense, but it was their decision and they did it. I have to question whether in the long run it is a good decision, but it wasn’t my decision. We shall see. I do think it was a surprise to most folks.”

Wilkins said he doesn’t know which way the ACC will turn, but he believes that Clemson president James Barker will lead Clemson in the right direction.

“I have every confidence that President Barker is doing exactly what needs to be done,” Wilkins said. “He is a strong advocate for the ACC and the league. I also know he was a strong advocate for Notre Dame and helping get Notre Dame in the conference, and he will do everything he can to keep it as strong as it can possibly be. I think the conference will add another member, and we will just have to see who that is. I am sure they are having those discussions.”

Wilkins declined to name the schools that would be his top targets, but said the list would be a short one.

“There has been a lot of discussion and speculation, and I don’t want to get ahead of the ACC,” he said. “There have been a lot of names mentioned, but that is not a long list of names. I am sure they would consider all of the names that are being bandied about. But the ACC hasn’t made a decision that I know of, and really it’s too early to speculate.”

The school that is chosen will have to mirror the goals and standards of the conference, however, and Wilkins said there are a few other criteria he would look for.

“Obviously, that school has to be compatible with the ACC, and that school has to have the same spirit of academics that the ACC has and they are proud of,” Wilkins said. “It makes sense to try and get a school that has a good tradition or an up-and-coming tradition in football. But the presidents make those decisions – the ACC is a fraternity of colleges and presidents, and they will make the decision of who they will send the invite to.”

Wilkins said he is unsure of what the timeframe for making a decision.

“It will be done in a timely manner,” he said. “You need to make the right choice, no matter what the decision is. Do we make a choice now or do we wait awhile? I know that is being discusses by the various college presidents, and I guess we will find out pretty soon what the decision is. It makes sense to have a balanced league, and who that member is depends on a lot of circumstances – it depends on who is available and who wants to come.”

Rate this Story:
12 votes
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
    |
Post your comments
Subject (Replies: 76) Author
Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
B-Meist®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
74TIGER
If there is any truth to the rumor that UNC and UVA are
Iwantthe80sback
B1G and SEC are going to take what they can of the
Battery505®
New Direction
Joelgray74
Well. I feel so much better now.
David78®
Same thing current and previous Big East commissioners said:
63 17 FOREVER
No surprise.
Brad W®
ND is NOT IN THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!
pheebo
Re: ND is NOT IN THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!! and never will be!!!!
74TIGER
Re: ND is NOT IN THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!! and never will be!!!!
allorangeallthetime52®
Exactly!!! Wilkens did not do anything to improve his
Clemson81to85
Re: ND is NOT IN THE LEAGUE!!!!!!!!!!
Litefoot®
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
TooterTownTiger
here's the problem.........
pheebo
Re: here's the problem.........
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: here's the problem.........
David78®
Re: here's the problem.........
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Not even that too much anymore***
deleted
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
aftigr
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
allorangeallthetime52®
CRAP!!!! Absolutley nothing he said gives me a good feeling
Bashful Baron
clemson is & always has been too "PC" to do anything "risky"
pheebo
Not entirely true.
Bashful Baron
Preparing us for UConn??***
TigerzzRoar®
Yep***
Bashful Baron
Looks that way to me also
Marshall®
Yeah, at least UCONN forces the issue, USF or UCF will
Battery505®
ALMOST AS MUCH HOT AIR AS we put in those balloons in the 80
CATiger87
A lot of words without saying anything.***
divingtiger®
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ check the post RIGHT ABOVE YOURS !!!!!!!!***
CATiger87
I like David & went to HS with his brother..but he's wimpie
lightbulbbill®
and the Maryland possibly didn't do the right thing got me..
grrowl
Our leadership is soooooo out of touch with the fanbase. It
grrowl
The thing is FSU and Clemson would have no issue getting
Battery505®
Leadership more in touch with fan base than most tigernet
josephg®
Sounds to me like the entire admin is totally clueless here
PioneerG
This is a bad time for the ACC to add teams
hleapha®
then why the B10 add teams? Why'd the B12 add teams?
camcgee®
Barker is a strong advocate for the ACC and the league! He
Clemson81to85
I echo the BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOs from earlier
Clemson81to85
Re: I echo the BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOs from earlier
cobalt107
Re: Barker is a strong advocate for the ACC and the league! He
allorangeallthetime52®
'90 fired Danny, '91declining SEC inquiries to join conf,
textiger®
if the SEC was declining in '91...
camcgee®
Re: if the SEC was declining in '91...
allorangeallthetime52®
Cam's dumb enough he might not be joking.***
ClemsonPoker489®
^^ A Fire Daboer***
hleapha®
Looking ahead to turning the ACC in to the Big East***
CharlestonTom®
Re: Wilkins and Barker sre the problems!!***
deleted
So,... Barker is going to sit tight because he would feel
Wraith13th
Must be a paragon of academics, just like UNC!***
RidgeTig®
Wow. Are you comparing Clemson to unc?******
deleted
Re: Must be a paragon of academics, just like UNC!***
123me
here's comes UConn which brings nothing in football***
Tigerfansince1972®
Re: here's comes UConn which brings nothing in football***
NortherTiger®
Re: here's comes UConn which brings nothing in football***
brad12
Re: here's comes UConn which brings nothing in football***
NortherTiger®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
NortherTiger®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
deleted
What are you waiting for?
cwp74
Nd isn't in our league
fightigers®
Re: Nd isn't in our league
gamecockgator
FSU/Clemson should have 2 choices
Prime T. Tiger
The Big East was so impressive, we have decided to become
mattycu
In other words "I'm the acehole that thought giving ND
NCTiger8
How To Fix Our Problems
OhWiseOne®
Re: How To Fix Our Problems
NortherTiger®
Re: How far is it from Miami to Syracuse??***
deleted
Reassuring. Wilkins is a great Tiger.***
josephg®
Re: BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!! ***
deleted
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
Dave75®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
NortherTiger®
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
Fieldgoal
Re: Front Page Story: BOT Chairman says ACC is looking ahead
Fieldgoal

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Signup for Alerts: