Source: ACC favors UConn, Louisville to replace Maryland
The ACC is leaning heavily toward adding a 14th team to replace Maryland and has two favorites for the spot -- UConn and Louisville -- according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The ACC is also in talks with South Florida and Cincinnati, according to the source, and could add "pretty quickly." Factors on the decision include geography and television market viability, on-field performance and academic success.
All eyes are on the ACC as it protects its own after the Big Ten poached Maryland, a founding member. The league was blindsided by the move but wasn't totally shocked given Maryland's struggling financial department and the school's administrative turnover without an allegiance to the conference's tradition.
This isn't great timing for the Big East, which is immersed in television negotiations with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and others.
Among the four, Louisville's probably a better football/basketball program pound-for-pound, but UConn is the better TV market.