Conference Realignment: ACC Made the Right Move Picking Louisville Over UConn

After a Sugar Bowl Win and a Men's Basketball Title, Louisville Looks Like a Great Addition to the ACC

After a Sugar Bowl Win & a Men’s Basketball Title, Louisville Looks Like a Great Addition to the ACC

It’s been months since the ACC made the bold move to add Louisville over assumed next-school-in-line, Connecticut. And while things can certainly change over the course of the next few years (and hopefully, decades), we wanted to quickly compare the two schools’ returns across their respective athletic teams during the 2012-13 season. This blog, along with many others, was of the opinion that adding Louisville, a property with tremendous upside that the Big 12 was also interested in pursuing, was a better add than UConn then. And over four months later, we’ll stand by that. A look at the athletic year for these two schools so far:

Louisville Cardinals

Baseball: 25-7 (7-2); currently ranked 11th nationally, 1st in Big East

Men’s Basketball: 34-5; National champs, Big East Tournament & regular season champs

Women’s Basketball: 29-9; National runner-up

Field Hockey: 12-8; third in Big East

Football: 11-2; Sugar Bowl champs, Big East champs

Women’s Lacrosse: 8-4; sixth in Big East

Men’s Soccer: 14-6-1; ranked ninth nationally, Big East Red division champs

Women’s Soccer: 10-4-4; third in Big East National division

Softball: 34-6; currently ranked 11th nationally

Women’s Volleyball: 30-4; ranked 17th nationally, Big East Tournament & regular season champs

Connecticut Huskies

Baseball: 18-13 (5-4); currently fourth in Big East

Men’s Basketball: 20-10; seventh in Big East, DNQ for postseason

Women’s Basketball: 35-4; National champs

Field Hockey: 19-3; ranked fourth nationally, Big East tournament champs

Football: 5-7; sixth in Big East

Women’s Lacrosse: 9-1; ranked 14th nationally, fourth in Big East

Men’s Soccer: 17-4-1; ranked sixth nationally, Big East Blue division champs

Women’s Soccer: 9-8-2; fourth in Big East National division

Softball: 15-15; currently seventh in Big East

Women’s Volleyball: 19-12; fourth in Big East

***

So, two impressive resumes, but one obviously has an advantage over the other. Of the 10 sports we looked at for each school, six of Louisville’s are/were nationally ranked, plus one national title (men’s basketball), three Big East titles and a current first-place standing in baseball. On UConn’s side, four national rankings, one national title (women’s basketball; over Louisville), and one Big East title. I won’t claim these are indicative of all future returns, nor will I say that these results erase historical ones either. But you have have to like what the ACC’s getting in Louisville — the first school to ever compete in a BCS bowl game, plus men’s and women’s basketball championships in the same year. Now if they’d just add men’s lacrosse…

Comment, share this post, follow/like the blog and follow @JohnCassillo on Twitter

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Conference Realignment: ACC Made the Right Move Picking Louisville Over UConn

  1. Good stuff! It might be interesting to compare UL vs. WVU also – see if the Big XII made a good decision in picking the Mountaineers over the Cardinals (I think not).

    • West Virginia was a terrible pick up for the Big 12. Any time you have to subsidize travel costs for a team in your conference then it has to be a net loss.

    • It came up in that Mr. SEC article a week or so ago that a lot of members thought they should’ve gone to at least 11 then, and just grabbed both Louisville and WVU. No subsidizing costs, bring two quality programs on board. I get the value of WVU football. But I believe Louisville, already one of the country’s most profitable athletic departments, just has an infinite amount of potential. The ACC realized this, hence why they’re in such good position now.

  2. I think your argument is weak…UCONN is a much better all around athletic program. Yes L’vlle had a better year (2013), but UCONN has had a better athletic program, bigger TV market, and better academics. This pick was purely a football pick, nothing more, nothing less. It wasn’t about the overall program. Yes, Louisville has a better football program and that’s why the ACC picked them.

    National Championships
    UCONN
    Men’s Basketball – 1999, 2004, 2011
    Men’s Soccer – 1948, 1981, 2000
    Women’s Basketball – 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013
    Women’s Field Hockey – 1981, 1985

    Louisville
    Men’s Basketball – 1980, 1986, 2013

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s