Syracuse Orange to ACC: Get Ready for Pandemonium, Baby

Andrew PreglerContributor IIISeptember 17, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange gestures from the bench during the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The New York times and College Gameday have both reported that Pitt and Syracuse have applied for ACC membership

The immediate thought is basketball: there will be some HUGE games on the schedule if these moves go through. Just look at the predicted Top 25 for next season

Yeah, that's right hoops fanatics: while the teams will not play next season, UNC, Duke and Syracuse all have strong recruiting bases to consistently reload. These teams still have players who may want to avoid the drama of the NBA post-lockout and stay back for one more year.

Add Pitt to the mix and the ACC top four looks stacked and will play in four of the loudest, craziest and historic courts in all of the country. 

And those are just the big names. 

While the ACC depth may be lacking, the history is not. Wake Forrest, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech are all great programs trying to rebuild. Furthermore, programs like Virginia are part of the rise in basketball in this conference. 

So fans, ponder Boeheim versus Roy Williams and Coach K battling it out for an ACC championship. 

I love the move too. If you don't, tell us why and a disclaimer: this move is NOT YET set in stone.