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Behind the Revolt in College Football

By Keith Dunnavant

PLAYING OFFENSE. Even inside the superdivision, ambition and fear have led to corporate-raider-style conflicts in the past six months. When the Atlantic Coast Conference this summer and fall lured Miami, Virginia Tech, and finally Boston College away from the Big East, the conference was effectively declaring war on one of its BCS partners. The move strengthened the ACC's ability to win fat TV contracts.

Another wild card is Notre Dame, currently an independent in football and a member of the Big East in other sports. Both the Big East and the ACC have lobbied the football Irish, which could infuse either conference with an unmatched jolt of charisma. The Big East on Nov. 4 raided Conference USA for five teams, including three football schools, a defensi

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