Earlier this month, the ACC created two divisions for football. Boston College will join N.C. State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Clemson, and Florida State.
Mark Blaudschun, a columnist with the
, greeted the ACC's foray into the Northeast by suggesting "Boston College will always be the Northern guest at a party in a Southern household" adding "the axis of power will still hover around Tobacco Road."
Officials said Boston College had been looking at the ACC for awhile.
"They have been very quietly and sophistically recruiting the ACC. This is not a new thing and it did not start last year," said Nora Lynn Finch of the North Carolina State University's athletic office.
The ACC would love to see Boston College on its gridirons next year, but Boston College must first withdraw from the Big East, which now requires a 27-month notice or a $5 million penalty.
"There is a lot to think about here because we have to think about the other Big East Schools as well and what does it do to them," said Gene DeFilippo, athletic director for Boston College.
"We would like to have them in conference next year. It's much simpler to play 12 teams instead of playing 11," Finch said.
ACC schools expect a tight year financially with little new revenue unless the league can stage a championship game next year, but critics wonder whether the game will be enough to make ends meet.
"Well, it better be because that is what we based this on. That's what the consultants told us, so if not, it's going to be a real disappointment," said UNC Athletics Director Dick Baddour.
If Boston College does not come aboard until 2005 or 2006, the ACC will continue to petition the NCAA for permission to stage a title game with 11 teams. Boston College has indicated it could pay $5 million for a quick out, but the school is under pressure from the Big East to play there one more year.