banner
Jeff Gravley

Shake your pom poms, ACC

Posted January 7, 2014

Each summer in late July, the ACC hosts an annual kickoff for the media to gather information about the upcoming football season. All schools are represented by their head coach and two players. Commissioner John Swofford gives his state of the conference address. There is so much optimism at this event to the point that it’s almost laughable. Not every team will compete for the ACC title, but each coach says it is his goal. Not every conference is equal but the ACC will point out its strengths.

It’s a lot of blah, blah, blah, smoke blowing and Kool-Aid being served. But this year’s event will be different.

The ACC struck gold this football season with Florida State’s undefeated run to the BCS National Championship. Clemson beat Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, giving the ACC two BCS bowl wins in the same year. Prior to this feat, it was well documented and mocked that the ACC had a 3-13 record in BCS bowl games.

The ACC finished with a record of 5-6 in bowl games this year, but I’ll take a losing overall record if the ACC can bag two BCS bowl trophies and the coveted crystal football.

The ACC Kickoff isn’t as well attended as the summer SEC or Big 10 media days, but there is chum in the water that will probably draw a few more to Greensboro this year. Yes, the SEC can still crow about winning 7 straight BCS National Championships. Success over time is the best way to judge strength of a conference and a program. Remember the days when Florida State finished in the top 5 for 14 consecutive seasons from 1987-2000?

The Seminoles interruption of SEC success doesn’t bring the ACC up to par with the SEC, but it does place the ACC back in the national conversation.

There were several great story lines the league produced this year. The national championship, two BCS bowl wins, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and Duke’s David Cutcliffe's run on national Coach of the Year honors after guiding Duke to a 10-win season and the ACC Coastal crown.

There will be a lot to talk about at this year’s ACC Kickoff and maybe it won’t be interpreted as propaganda. There is some substance to ACC football that the league hopes to build upon. Goal number one for EVERY season should be to have an ACC team in the four-team College Football Playoff and see what happens from there.

16 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Hammerhead Jan 8, 2014

    View quoted thread



    Not this nonsense again.

  • vt94hokies Jan 8, 2014

    View quoted thread

    BTW. Do you even have a team that you can call on your own? Like in being a graduate of a said University? Curious as heck on this one. Tell me how your team did? Heh.

  • vt94hokies Jan 7, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Solid post. Coach Cut surprised everyone that keeps up. Picked again to be in last place in the ACC. Wake Forest won the ACC Championship after being picked to finish last back in 06; I believe. Fisher and Dabo have a tight grip on recruitment. Coach Cut is close. The only difference is in the academic standards. VT has slipped.

  • vt94hokies Jan 7, 2014

    Coach Cut has done the best job of any coach in the ACC in the last 4 years. Maybe longer. I give credence to Fisher the most. The guy has recruited exceptionally well. We see the results. National Champions! You don't get any better than this. Coach Cut, Fisher, Dabo, Fedora, and maybe a few others have lost Beamer in the rear view mirror. It hurt's me to write this. The truth hurts. Even Foster blew in our Bowl game. What the heck was he thinking????????????????

  • vt94hokies Jan 7, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Not worth a solid darn! UCLA was 14-7 at the half. After Logan Thomas was knocked out, our back-up QB with a total of 23 passes up there in his entire career.....did what? Nothing. Frank Beamer has been to 21 straight Bowl games. We lost EJ Manuel, Renner, and a host of others to lead our team. My school. Logan Thomas will never become NFL QB until he has some big time coaching. VT lost this game because players gave up. Foster didn't do his best coaching in this one either.

    At one time, I wanted Foster to become the HC. Not anymore. He doewsn't want it. Too much pressure. We need to pay a top notch coach about 2.4 million a year for 5 years.

  • rfred16 Jan 7, 2014

    View quoted thread



    Actually, GREAT! Most thought Duke would be blown out by A&M, and no one other than God, or Johnny Football, could have squeaked out the win for the Aggies...What a great, exciting game played by BOTH teams..

  • innocent bystander 3 Jan 7, 2014

    View quoted thread



    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

  • Alex25 Jan 7, 2014

    tough to clap with so much corruption and nonsense -

    www.unccheats.com

  • cjw6105 Jan 7, 2014

    So does that mean if the team cutting down the nets in April is Syracuse, this would make most ACC fans happy?

  • StunGunn Jan 7, 2014

    Happy for FSU (Fisher did an outstanding coaching job in last night's game), and glad it was an ACC team holding that crystal football when the game was over.

    Now, if only the team cutting down the nets in April can be an ACC team.....

More...

 

 

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at Jacksonville

    Tonight at 7:30 on WRAL-2

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Syracuse

    Tonight at 6:20 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MLB: Detroit at LA Angels

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
6:35pm Tonight
SYR
DUR
 
8:00pm Tonight
NCSTATE
TCU
 
2:10pm Today
TOR
MIN
3:05pm Today
COL
PHI
4:05pm Today
TAM
BAL
4:10pm Today
ARI
MIL
4:10pm Today
CWS
HOU
4:10pm Today
MIA
NYM
4:10pm Today
WAS
CIN
7:15pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
7:15pm Tonight
KAN
CHC
7:15pm Tonight
LOS
STL
10:05pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
ANA
2nd
BRADLEY 3
MOREHEADST 0
 
12:00pm Today
DALLASBAPT 0
TEXAS 0
 
2nd
MERCER 0
AUBURN 0
 
1:00pm Today
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
1:00pm Today
CCAROLINA
TSOUTHERN
 
1:00pm Today
ECAROLINA
FIU
 
1:00pm Today
FAU
FLAAM
 
1:00pm Today
STJOHNS
ORALROBRTS
 
1:00pm Today
WRIGHTST
OHIO
 
3:30pm Today
RICE
HSTNBAPT
 
3:30pm Today
SACREDHART
STONYBROOK
 
4:00pm Today
LEHIGH
TULANE
 
4:00pm Today
LOUISVILLE
MICHIGAN
 
4:00pm Today
RADFORD
LIPSCOMB
 
5:00pm Tonight
OREGON
TBA
 
6:00pm Tonight
CHARLESTON
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Tonight
USC
CSANTABAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
ARKANSAS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLORIDA
SFLORIDA
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIAFLA
COLUMBIA
 
7:00pm Tonight
MISS
CSBAKER
 
7:00pm Tonight
OREGONST
VCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
PEPPERDINE
CLEMSON
 
7:00pm Tonight
TEXASAM
CALIFORNIA
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOUSTON
ULLAFAYETE
 
8:00pm Tonight
ILLINOIS
NOTREDAME
 
8:00pm Tonight
NCSTATE
TCU
 
8:00pm Tonight
VANDERBILT
INDIANA
 
9:00pm Tonight
IOWA
TBA
 
9:00pm Tonight
LSU
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Tonight
SANDIEGOST
VIRGINIA
 
11:00pm Tonight
ARIZONAST
FULLERTON
 
11:00pm Tonight
UCLA
MARYLAND
 
6:35pm Tonight
SYR
DUR