Eight rounds of the SB Nation Conference Re-Draft are in the books. Well, 8.17 to be exact. Here's how the conferences are shaping up after eight+ rounds:
-- The Cult Of Les Miles: South Carolina
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: BYU
-- Conference TMZ: Utah
-- The Empire: Arizona State
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: TCU
-- Twelve Pack (that be us): Virginia, Boston College
Complete draft results in table format:
|1||1. Texas||2. Florida||3. Alabama||4. Ohio State||5. USC||6. LSU|
|2||12. Georgia||11. Penn State||10. Oklahoma||9. Florida State||8. Notre Dame||7. Michigan|
|3||13. U.C.L.A.||14. Virginia Tech||15. Nebraska||16. Louisville||17. Oregon||18. North Carolina|
|4||24. Wisconsin||23. Miami (Fla.)||22. Texas A&M||21. Michigan State||20. Tennessee||19. Stanford|
|5||25. Washington||26. Auburn||27. Arizona||28. West Virginia||29. Syracuse||30. Arkansas|
|6||36. Duke||35. Kansas||34. California||33. Maryland||32. Kentucky||31. Iowa|
|7||37. Clemson||38. Illinois||39. UConn||40. Missouri||41. Pittsburgh||42. Oklahoma State|
|8||48. Virginia||47. TCU||46. Arizona State||45. Utah||44. BYU||43. South Carolina|
|9||49. Boston College|
Comissioners and Conference names: BCI: Twelve Pack; BHGP: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; TSK: The Empire (working title); BECB: Conference TMZ; HoS: House of a Thousand Sanctions; RCR: The Cult Of Les Miles.
Updated USA Today rendering of the Twelve Pack's geographic encircling strategy above.
After watching other conference commissioners make a run at former Mountain West Conference programs BYU, Utah and TCU, the Twelve Pack picked up another pair of strong ACC programs. Virginia was the highest earner left on the board, ranked 26th nationally in revenues just a few years ago. The Cavaliers also have an excellent brand, strong academics and kill it in the non-revs. Between Duke and Virginia, all your men's lax titles are belong to us.
We actually almost nabbed UVa at the 6/7, so we were thrilled when the 'Hoos came back around to us at 8/9.
Boston College gives the Twelve Pack a presence in Boston and greater New England, the largest TV market left on the board that doesn't double back over the conference's existing footprint (i.e. Northwestern, SMU). And no, Rutgers does not equal the NYC market.
The Eagles also give the Twelve Pack another like-minded academic school to go along with Duke, Virginia and UCLA. We continue our academic dominance of this draft by picking up two more schools ranked in the top 35 in the country according to USN&WR -- Duke 9, UCLA 25, Virginia 25, Boston College 31, Washington 41, Texas 45, Wisconsin 45, Georgia 56 and Clemson 64.
Plus if GDF can't sell out Alumni Stadium every game with Texas, Georgia, UCLA, Wisconsin, Washington and Clemson coming to the Heights every year, god help us all.
Head on over to Streaking The Lawn and welcome the newest member of the Twelve Pack.