Most of the Atlantic Coast Conference football coaches would like to see the league expand, but preferences vary according to geography and economics.
"I think you have to look at a cost factor, too," Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Ross said on the second day of the league's annual football meetings in Asheville, N.C.
The ACC's athletic directors met last Wednesday to talk about expansion. They reached no decision, but ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan was asked to pursue the issue.
Ross said he would like to see Virginia Tech, South Carolina and Florida State added to the league. Maryland Coach Joe Krivak said he thought Rutgers, Syracuse and Boston College would be good candidates for expansion teams, adding that the nation's major independent teams soon will be looking for conference affiliations in order to get in on the television rights money, which this year alone will exceed $1 billion.
"We've got access to some good markets and I think we've got a chance, if we expand in the right way, to tie up the major radio-TV market areas along the entire East Coast," said Krivak.
Wake Forest Coach Bill Dooley suggested Pittsburgh, Army and Navy be put on the list of prospects. He called expansion inevitable. "I think you're going to see some things happen in a hurry," he said.
In their annual poll, the coaches picked Virginia as most likely to win the league championship. It was a first for the Cavaliers.