For months, there have been a lot of questions as to how the seismic shift in the landscape of college sports would affect the Atlantic Coast Conference, and, on the morning of Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, ACC fans got an answer to that question.

The conference leaders voted to add three teams – Stanford, Cal and SMU, which increases the number of schools in the league to 18.

The conference will soon be over twice the size of the original ACC created in the summer of 1953 when seven former Southern Conference teams – Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Wake Forest – left the Southern Conference to make a league of their own.

 Since then, the conference has expanded through the decades – eventually throwing geographical considerations out the window. Now the latest additions – two of which are on the other side of the country – further show how geography is no longer relevant, and the Atlantic Coast Conference may eventually need a new name.

The three new schools will be incorporated into the leagues athletic schedules starting next year.

The decision to add the teams came on Friday, Sept. 1 after months of contentious negotiations.

The ACC is following a trend of other major conferences across the country which have added schools to their conference in recent years in an attempt to maximize revenue from fan dollars and broadcast rights.

The expansion points to some good news for the ACC. There has been concern in recent years that the ACC would ultimately lose teams and dissolve rather than add teams – something many sports experts see as the league’s ticket for survival.

Greensboro, which was where the ACC was formed – and which operated for years as ground zero for the conference – has been feeling the tension of the expanding conference that now has so much overwhelming big city influence. The ACC has, for instance, moved its headquarters to Charlotte.

And Greensboro is no longer the permanent home of the ACC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, as it once was.

 It’s almost surreal to imagine that, in the future, attending the Atlantic  Coast Conference Tournament may mean buying a ticket to the Pacific Coast.