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Duke AD Nina King shares scathing quote about the state of ACC during spring meetings

Duke AD Nina King shared a scathing quote at the ACC’s annual spring meetings that put into perspective how much of a shaky ship the conference has become in recent years.

In short, the drama Clemson and FSU are embroiled in in the conference is similar to the ACC course.

“The good news is that we have experience” with uncertainty, says Duke athletics director Nina King (h/t The news and the observer). “Because when we were sitting here last year, we were talking about the Magnificent Seven. And I have the feeling at every spring meeting (the question will be): what are we going to face – what disruption?”

FSU and Clemson are leaving the conference would dramatically change football revenue, but the ACC would collapse if it lost Duke’s basketball teams. Per MVPIndexDuke, Virginia, Miami and Clemson combined to spend $814.7K brand value in 2022, with the Blue Devils accounting for 76.3% of that total.

Football will always drive decision-making in the college sports world, but the Blue Devils have a seat at the table. Jon Scheyer has kept Duke at the level they were at under Coach K, so the brand isn’t going anywhere either.

If/when Clemson and FSU leave, and UNC inevitably looks for an exit of its own, it will be up to Duke to be a crucial pillar that can keep the entire conference from crumbling. It’s not an easy task, and the SEC and Big Ten may make that difficult given the value of Duke Hoops, but the Blue Devils can lead the conference into the next era if they can take the right steps in realignment afterward.

Or if other teams in the conference step up and become more nationally relevant, like FSU and Clemson in football, and what UNC and UVA have in basketball.

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