Swofford disappointed in ACC schools, lists wants
Posted July 24, 2011
Updated July 27, 2011
Pinehurst, N.C. — Normally the commissioner talks to the media on the first day of the ACC Football Kickoff about the upcoming season and what happened last season. On Sunday, it was a lot about NCAA investigations.
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford feels like the conference is at a tipping point. He used choice and strong words at the podium in discussing the current environment surrounding college football.
“I think we are at a point where enough is enough,” Swofford said. “It’s created a lot of cynicism and is indicative of a clash, I think, with the commercial model and the collegiate model. We’re at a cross roads.”
Swofford said he wants three things from the 12 members of the ACC: win, play by the rules and graduate players.
Georgia Tech is on probation for violating NCAA rules and the University of North Carolina has received a Notice of Allegations and is awaiting a hearing.
“I’m disappointed and concerned because that’s not who we are as a league,” Swofford said.
The commissioner favors a more modernized and streamlined version of NCAA rules with straightforward punishment guidelines.
“Let’s consider a graduated system with categories of offenses, with sentencing parameters and guidelines that everybody knows about ahead of time,” Swofford said.
Swofford added that you can not legislate integrity.
“I think winning is really important,” Swofford said. “But if you have to cheat to win, you really haven’t won at all, have you?