Josh Pate: ‘Reconstruction of the ACC is Imminent’

NCAA Football: William & Mary at Virginia

In a recent podcast episode, Lake Kick’s Josh Pate discussed the inevitability of the ACC being reconstructed.

Pate explained a gif he recently shared on social media, implying that the ACC’s road ahead will not be easy to stay true to.


“Yeah, I think the ACC is kinda sorta screwed,” Pate said. “I think the future of the conference will look radically different than it does now. There are powerful entities that are well-motivated and well-financially backed that want out. In other words, FSU. And they’re not alone. I think they’re going to get out.”

A fan-submitted question asked Pate to discuss his thoughts on the ACC and the water gif he shared, which prompted a deep conversation regarding the league’s future.

“I put that gif out earlier this week because I have acquaintances that have contacts in the legal community,” Pate continued. “These are not contacts I would normally have, and I came about these contacts in a very interesting way, but I have them. They’re on the legal side of this, and they’re not necessarily on the football side, and I’ve gotten as much intel as they can give me through this thing earlier this week when they said, ‘Hey, get ready, it’s coming,’ I put the gif out.”

Pate finished his thoughts by discussing the situation’s timetable, saying, “I don’t know what the timeline is. I just know that this is the kind of person who’s not one for hyperbole. Frankly, I don’t think they care about the ramifications on the realignment side, but they know I do. The long and short of it is, I think that the reconfiguration of the ACC is pretty imminent.”

While a timeline appears to be one of the main details still up in the air regarding the future of conference realignment, the growing concern of conference members appears to have positioned the ACC in the scope of the SEC, Big Ten, and Big 12. Only time will tell what happens next.

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