The Longhorns, the source said, have established three criteria when it comes to finding a future home:
The first is the well-being of its student-athletes. Traveling back and forth across the country and different time zones can make life extremely difficult for students trying to cram for midterms. The ACC with its Eastern time zone would present a more favorable option for game times and late-night travel than the Pac-12.
Texas' second metric is economics. The Joneses don't take pay cuts. Texas has a $154 million annual budget and isn't interested in joining a conference where its brand or its profit margin takes a hit. And this includes Texas' three-letter issue. Not SEC. But LHN. Texas has no desire to part, alter or share any aspect of The Longhorn Network, but it would not be able to retain the network as is in the Pac-12.
The Longhorns' third goal is to make a decision that agrees with fans' interests by maintaining traditions and some rivalries, at least the one against OU if not A&M.
Those discounting the ACC should remind themselves that Nebraska is in the Big 10, and Baylor has been the most powerful and feared institution in the Big 12, well, over the past couple of weeks. The threat of litigation does wonders.
A high-ranking Texas source said that the ACC has been in contact with Texas, but added that talks hadn't progressed to a mature phase. In fact, the source wasn't sure what other schools the ACC would look to add besides Texas.
Don't take that to mean it won't work.
The ACC is willing to talk about a unique conference format that has intrigued Texas. Instead of divisions, the conference could be divided into four pods, with each pod containing four teams, to aid scheduling.
So don't completely fall asleep on the ACC, although Texas would probably prefer it bring along at least one partner, probably Texas Tech.
So what does everyone think, would you be for or against Texas in the ACC?