CHARLOTTE, NC (WFXR) -All eyes were on ACC commissioner Jim Phillips as he tries to steady a ship that’s been rocked by the everchanging waters of college football.
“It remains my belief there is no better conference in the country,” Phillips said Tuesday morning.
With optimism, he took the stage looking to restore confidence in the ACC. Considered now to be a Power Five program, there are concerns the league might soon lose power to the ever growing Big Ten and SEC conferences.
“In times of great change, and certainly that’s a great description of the last 25, 15, ten years and really the last 12 months, any new structure in the NCAA must serve many and not a select few,” Phillips said.
Phillips called on other college athletic leaders to preserve its integrity following the announced departures of UCLA and USC from the Pac-12 to the Big Ten last month. That move is set to happen in 2024, a year before Texas and Oklahoma are scheduled to join the SEC.
“We all remain competitive with one another. But this is not and should not be a winner take all or a zero sum structure,” Phillips said.
But the commissioner, entering his second season at the helm, recognizes the need to address the gap in revenue that exists between the ACC and other conferences.
“That while the ACC is strong we are continually evaluating all options that could further strengthen our conference,” Phillips said.
Throughout his press conference, Phillips emphasized that all options are being considered and nothing is off the table, including re-evaluating media rights and expanding the conference.