Originally Posted by WMR
ACC is desperate. I'm still not sure that this saves them, ultimately.
Interestingly, all the power is being held by ESPN here -- I've heard some chatter that they've informed the ACC that they'd be willing to re-open negotiations on the TV deal if all the schools sign a grant of rights agreement to the conference. That would pretty much stop any poaching dead in it's tracks for as long as the grant lasts. Going to 16 and signing a GOR would not only stabilize the conference, it'd stabilize college football in general since 2 of the "Power 5" (ACC / B12) would have their membership completely locked down -- and I doubt you'd see much movement between the SEC and B1G.
ESPN can make that happen -- and, frankly, if the rumors turn out to be true and the ACC does add UConn/Lou/UC on Monday, I'd be shocked if it wasn't reassurances from ESPN that made it a reality.