Posted: 9:55 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

11 Tech-related things to know about ACC’s newest member (Louisville) 

By Ken Sugiura

Louisville is officially an ACC member today, occupying the spot Maryland left to join the Big Ten.

Aside from bringing a football team that played in the 2013 Sugar Bowl and has averaged nine wins in the past four seasons, a basketball team that has made two Final Four trips in the past three years (winning the title in 2013 in Atlanta) and a baseball team that made the College World Series in 2013, the school will bring in plenty of television sets.

The conference will retain its status as the conference with the most television households (44.4 million) and population (107.4 million) in its footprint, based on Nielsen and U.S. Census data.

More pertinent to Tech:

1. The Yellow Jackets and Cardinals will not play in football until 2018, at Louisville. The teams will play their first game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in 2023. The 2018 meeting will be the first ever between the two teams.

2. In men’s basketball, Louisville will play at McCamish Pavilion this season (dates have not been set). In 2015-16, the Jackets and Cardinals will play home-and-home. The teams have not played since the 2005 NCAA tournament and Louisville has not played on Tech’s campus since 1991.

3. Louisville has 10 players on its football roster from the state of Georgia. By that measure, it’s the second most heavily recruited state for Louisville after Florida, which has 33 players on the roster. That’s actually more players than are from Kentucky (26). Louisville’s recruiting in metro Atlanta may only expand with the hiring of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who developed ties in the state in four years at Georgia. Tech does not have any players on its football roster from Kentucky.

4. Louisville is about a 6 ½-hour drive from Atlanta.

5. Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering is ranked No. 124 among engineering grad schools by U.S. News, 118 spots below Tech. The “J” stands for James and, sadly, not Joe. (The name of Tech’s secondary coach)

Tech-Louisville ties

1. Anthony Allen transferred from Louisville to Tech prior to the 2008 season and became an All-ACC running back for the Jackets.

2. The two schools were actually briefly in the same conference once before. They were founding members of the Metro Conference in 1975 along with Cincinnati, Memphis, Saint Louis and Tulane. Tech left the conference in 1978 for the ACC.

3. According to the Georgia Tech Alumni Association website, there are 277 Tech alumni in the Louisville alumni network area. By comparison, there are 4,266 in the network area of the Washington, D.C. alumni club and 1,023 in the area of the Baltimore alumni club (the two clubs within the closest proximity to departing ACC member Maryland).

4. Tech and Louisville have been proposed (by Daily Press columnist David Teel, among others) as candidates to switch divisions. The primary benefit for Tech (or at least its fans) would be an annual game with Florida State. Tech would lose Clemson as its permanent crossover; Teel proposed that the Jackets could be given Louisville as its new partner.

5. Former Tech linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary left Tech for Louisville after the 2009 season. Jean-Mary was hired by Chan Gailey and stayed for the first two seasons of coach Paul Johnson’s tenure. He left with former Louisville coach Charlie Strong after the 2013 season for Texas, where he is linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

6. Tech urban planning associate professor Brian Stone has been working with the city of Louisville to address its status as the No. 1 “heat island” city in the country. (Atlanta is third.)

For your edification, some numbers that the ACC likes to puff its chest about:

By 2030, it’s projected that 55 percent of the U.S. population will live in Northeast or Southern states, right in ACC territory.

The conference is the only one among the power five conferences with half its members in U.S. News & World Report’s top 50 best colleges. (No. 7 Duke, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 23 Virginia and Wake Forest, No. 30 North Carolina, No. 36 Georgia Tech, No. 47 Miami)

The ACC was the only conference with five schools in the top 14 of this past school year’s all-sports rankings (as tabulated by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) – No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Virginia, No. 9 Duke, No. 12 Florida State, No. 14 North Carolina. Tech was No. 89, the lowest ranked ACC team.

The ACC had 77 teams that received Academic Progress Rate recognition awards from the NCAA in May, the most of any power five conference.

Eleven of its 14 teams are coming off winning seasons and bowl appearances, including defending national champion Florida State.

49 comments
drydirtroad
drydirtroad

I don't think they should have joined the ACC because they are not on the Atlantic coast. Having them join opens the door for teams perhaps even on the Pacific coast to join. This encheapens the word Atlantic in my opinion. It also contributes to an anything goes attitude in the ACC, such as wearing female powder puff football pink unis at former all male Ga Tech for breast cancer games, as opposed to using the pink on the field as advertisements and/or wrapped around the goal posts with pink crepe paper.

Jack5150
Jack5150

I would like to play FSU more often but not if it means playing clemson less. I'm happy with the Coastal and have no interest to switch.

Averys-No1GT-Man
Averys-No1GT-Man

AS a Life Long Ga.Tech fan It makes me sick that our fans or maybe it's just the so-called fans have now passed UGA as the biggest cry babies. I had rather hear UGA and their fans tell how this is the year their going to win the National Championship year after year after year after year (well you get the point ) than to listen to Tech fans sounding like Vince Dooley all the time saying how we are going to loose this game and that game and how we will be lucky to win 5 or 6 games year after year after year in the past 8 years. Tech fans used to have pride in their Yellow Jackets regardless of the situation. Maybe they have forgotten how bad it did hurt to go 2-9 and 3-8 so much of my childhood and yet Tech fans still stood Loud and Proud! Yes 2-9 and 3-8 were the records for Ga.Tech 2 of the 5 years Bobby Ross was Head Coach. He was a great coach I'm not saying he wasn't and I was said when he left. More sad when we Hired Bill Lewis. Yes Ross won a National Title but his record all 5 seasons. 2-9,3-8,7-4,**11-0-1**, 8-5 in his last season and we started out preseason Ranked #1. All I am saying is Times have been a lot worse. Also college recruits inside the state read these comments and what fans would you like to play for the ones that give the reasons they are going to be winners every year or fans that cry about how they are going to be losers every year. I am a True Die Hard Life Long Yellow Jacket that Bleeds Old God and White and I would like to wish our Head Coach Paul Johnson and The Ga.Tech Football Team a Great 2014 season. Lets support our team and coach. He's here and nothing you are going negative about him or the team is going to help Tech but could hurt us loose that one great recruit that changed his mind about coming to Tech because all the negative stuff the fans are saying about the Head Coach!

Guyon
Guyon

If Louisville  is added to Tech's football schedule, we will have to get use to six wins instead of seven. 

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

"Tech should have gotten to the Big 10 when it had a chance."

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When did we have the chance?  Aside from widespread rumor mongering that had FSU and Clemson bolting for the Big-12 and some combination of GT, UNC and UVA "MAYBE" being invited to the B1G, I don't really remember us actually being invited and turning it down.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

You gain jennifer lawrence. That's a plus.

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Thank god these are the last agonizing minutes Michael bradley reps the usa. What a god awful excuse of a football player.

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What a phenom Eden Ha-Zard is!! Best footballer in the world! :)

Flak
Flak

GA SOUTHERN should not be taken lightly.Especially after  2 cupcakes.

juvenal
juvenal

there are 33 FLA players at L'ville? hate to see they are dragging down our academic cachet'

juvenal
juvenal

don't get the math in point 3 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Georgia Tech, in our current state of affairs under Johnson wants NO PART OF Louisville.  That program is playing at a much higher level.

Tech should have gotten to the Big 10 when it had a chance.  

Caius
Caius

Fond memories of the old Metro Conference.  FSU joined in 1976.  Two of the great coaches in college basketball brought their teams to AMC, Denny Crum and Hugh Durham.


GTMan1949
GTMan1949

 Ken,  Good article, good research.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

I eally dislike what the large conferences are doing to scheduling.  It is not right to only play Louisville twice in the next 9 years.

There was some good BB games during those years in the Metro against Memphis State and Louisville.

Radar123
Radar123

#4 under Tech-Louisville ties is not going to happen.

Tech and Johnson do not want either FSU and Louisville on the schedule at all and certainly not both in the same year like Clemson currently does.

With FSU back to national prominence, the games will go back to the 51-10 blowouts I witnessed when I went with delusions to Doak-Campbell.

FSU spotted a talented coach and hired the recently promoted d coordinator who saved the season in 2012 after Al Groh's incompetence demoralized the team.

I can look forward to football season again after finally listening to favorite relatives recruiting pitches to join them.

I am curious how many fans Ga Southern will bring to BDS.

Will it be another embarrassing turnout like the last Uga game?

Be sure and buy my season tickets Charleston.


BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Wasn't aware that we could possibly be switching divisions.  That would certainly be interesting.

juvenal
juvenal

great BK fans back in the day at the OMNI..... 

Jack5150
Jack5150

@Guyon Charlie Strong is gone and I don't expect louisville to be as good...Hell grantham is the DC for this year.

GTBob
GTBob

@Guyon Louisville just lost the best QB they have ever had, and their head coach. Nobody really knows how good they are going to be.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@Guyon

Yep.  Gives me heartburn to think about our defense matching up against a Petrino offense!

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@AugustaJacket

DRad was too preoccupied with getting the Clemson job during that small window of opportunity.  I don't know this for sure, but there were credible rumors that the offer was on the table.

Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference.  But I tend to think it would have improved our recruiting footprint in the northeast and midwest, AWAY from SEC country.

juvenal
juvenal

@BigCrimson75 your nazi Schuerlle got a good goal, wish he would stay on sides more......expect more grind it out........he's no Mueller, or he'd make more than 15 mil....

GTBob
GTBob

@Flak Ga Southern lost to one of those supposed cupcakes last year.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@juvenal 

Almost makes you wonder where Charlie Strong coached before he got the HC gig at the Ville

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Birmingham__Jacket 

Don't you think Louisville's recent success could be in part due to the fact that they're playing in Conference USA's brother?

JM64
JM64

@TechTroll13 I agree, they really need to ditch the permanent cross over rival and add a 9th conf game.  play 3 teams cross division each year

GTBob
GTBob

@TechTroll13 Amen. Conferences have gotten so large that they aren't really even conferences anymore.

GTBob
GTBob

@Radar123 You think Ga Southern is going to bring 30k+ to the GT game? Really?

hedgepruner
hedgepruner

how do you add a photo to your reply ??

hedgepruner
hedgepruner

  • Cardinals & Seminoles will take US to the wood shed , FIRE CPJ today!!! - Don't wait until next season when we play FSU, VT, Notre Dame, UGA , Clemson & Miami ....cut our loses & find a decent young coach out there  that can compete at this level . We need to pony up $$$$$$$$$....

techflash
techflash

@Averys-No1GT-Man @Jack5150 If Tech switched to the Atlantic division, they would continue to play Clemson every year because they'd be in the same division.


Flak
Flak

@Flak Gt should win handily but Southern will come to play

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@GTBob @Birmingham__Jacket

I think we would have evolved into a better football program, as that is the conference's focus.  

ACC with the exception of VT, FSU and Clemson likes to do "Olympic Sports" to borrow a phrase from an infamous AD.

DON1938
DON1938

@GTBob @Radar123 The fact that we are even discussing this only shows how devastated the Tech program has become.  To even think GSU may have more (and they certainly may) fans at a Tech home game is very sad. IMO

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GTBob 

Their largest crowd last year was 16,000+ but I can definitely seen them bringing anywhere between 20,000-150,000

Jack5150
Jack5150

@hedgepruner go to the top of the page hit MEMBER CENTER it will let you change your profile. you hit download photo and then pick any of your photos. it will download athen go to the bottom of your profile and hit save.

GTBob
GTBob

@DON1938 We aren't discussing it. A troll said it and we are making fun of him. Try to keep up.