cocky4ever, on 19 January 2013 - 05:44 AM, said:
Everyone is looking at it from a "what makes us more appealing when we sit down to negotiate a tv contract". That's why GatorU was way off in saying it would be ok to get wake forest. Just because they're in NC doesn't mean lots if people there are watching their games.
The best option would be to get unc and vt, but duke and unc aren't splitting up. The next best bet would be nc state and vt(I'd like it better anyway). There are lots of nc state fans, and they would be like A&M on a slightly smaller scale. They care about athletics and have lots of resources, but have lived in the shadow of unc and duke. If they join the SEC they'd move quickly and bring a lot to the table. And vt is basically an SEC school in VA already so that's a no brainer.
That's hardly "way off"; I listed them last because they're a private school and have the smallest fan base of the group... I primarily only included them because they're 1 of 4 teams in the state, not 1 of the best options there.
Regardless, much like Vanderbilt, they have outstanding academics, a substantial endowment of $1.5 billion (UF's is only $1.3), and loyal fans who show up on game day, partcularly if they're playing well. In fact, it may surprise you to learn they show up better than 1 of the other programs we're considering.
In 2012, despite going 5-7, WF had more fans at their games on average than Duke, even though for much of the season Duke and Cutcliffe looked like they might be bringing Duke vast improvement and some real success. And not only did they average more fans per game, they were more loyal, too, filling their stadium to 92% of capacity for the season while Duke only sold out 83% of theirs.
Additionally, WF's attendance was not far removed nationally from several other ACC teams'. Pitt, who joins the ACC this year was #59; BC was #65; Maryland, who's leaving this year, was #66; WF was #71; Duke was #72; and Syracuse, who joins this year was #75.
And if we go by fan loyalty or passion, whose fans show up to fill their stadium, WF jumps up to #44 nationally (#5 in ACC), right behind #43 FSU, and ahead of other ACC programs UNC (#55), BC (#57), Duke (#58), GT (#66), UVA (#75), Syracuse (#81), Maryland (#85), Pitt (#96), and Miami (#97).
So, maybe it's not so far-fetched after all to think they have a pretty decent, devoted fan base... considering their fans show up better than 9 of the other ACC teams. True, as a small school, they have fewer fans overall; but it's clear the fans they do have are a whole helluva lot more interested in their football program than most ACC teams' fans are about theirs... and the numbers bear that out.