Love of money kills hoops legacy

Originally Published: November 10, 2004
By Jay Bilas | ESPN Insider
Hey, I really like football, and I like money, too. I am certainly not opposed to change, and I'm not pining for a return to the era of short shorts and black canvas Chuck Taylors.

Change, football and money are all good things, and it may have been an absolute necessity for the ACC to expand to 12 teams. I simply don't agree with or like what the ACC, by expanding in the name of football, has done to arguably the most storied, tradition-rich and successful basketball conference in the country.

The ACC has traditionally been an eight-team conference, which was and remains the perfect number for a basketball league. In the early 1990s, the league admitted Florida State, in the name of that sadistic ground acquisition game and in the name of cold, hard currency. The Seminoles came into the ACC from the Metro Conference and came in strong because Florida State did not have to go head-to-head with North Carolina, Duke, NC State and Maryland in the Tobacco Road recruiting wars.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst