First of all, here is the article - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/sports/ncaafootball/syracuse-and-pitt-in-talks-with-acc.html
Second, IF Pitt & Syracuse go to the ACC, I think that means the ACC extends an offer to Texas and to Missouri & the Big 12 finally dies after a long, painful year-long struggle.
Third, why? The Geographical divisional split would look like this -
NORTH: Pitt, Syracuse, Missouri, Wake Forest, BC, Virginia Tech, Maryland, & UVA
SOUTH: Texas, FSU, Clemson, Duke, NC, NC State, Miami, & GT
When doing the geographical splits (forget some 4-team pods as some have suggested), North Carolina and it's three schools are the issue as you can't really split them up. Adding two northern schools would suggest the ACC (IF they want to go to 16 as well as invite Texas) would need to add another northern school. Mizzou is an attractive program academically & athletically and aren't too far from the majority of northern ACC schools (all things considered). Kansas could be an option, but I think Mizzou jumps at the ACC offer since the SEC appears to be content with 13 members for the time-being.
Finally, the conference shuffle:
The PAC-12 would add OU & OSU and stop at 14 (sorry Tech!)
The Big East reeling from the loss of Syracuse & Pitt go after Texas Tech, KU, KSU, & Baylor w/ maybe ISU getting considered if they can find another school to pick from a lower conference to go to 14, but I think they hold at 12 & rename theirselves the Big East/North/South conference.
ACC gets national pub from being the first 16-team superconference & not looking too shabby on the academic & athletic fronts.
The SEC looks odd at 13 w/ no apparent 14th dance partner to choose from because I am sure the re-shaped ACC, Big East, & PAC-14 conferences will now include huge penalties for jumping ship in the future
Conference USA circles around any dead carcasses left to rot (ISU) and adds where they can
And travel agencies across the country rejoice while somewhere in a lonely office in Las Colinas admist taped up cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other, Dan Beebe weeps...
As always, in my ever so humble opinion....