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Jeff Gravley

Shake your pom poms, ACC

Posted January 7

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.

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  • Hammerhead Jan 8, 9:21 a.m.

    Nice job Jeff. Totally happy that the ACC has finally won another National Championship. FSU... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    BTW. Do you even have a team that you can call on your own? Like in being a graduate of a... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    Not this nonsense again.

  • vt94hokies Jan 8, 12:25 a.m.

    Nice job Jeff. Totally happy that the ACC has finally won another National Championship. FSU... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    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, 9:44 p.m.

    Nice job Jeff. Totally happy that the ACC has finally won another National Championship. FSU... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    Actually, GREAT! Most thought Duke would be blown out by A&M, and no one other than God, or... View More

    — Posted by rfred16

    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, 9:04 p.m.

    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, 8:54 p.m.

    Nice job Jeff. Totally happy that the ACC has finally won another National Championship. FSU... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    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, 8:11 p.m.

    Nice job Jeff. Totally happy that the ACC has finally won another National Championship. FSU... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

    — Posted by innocent bystander 3

    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, 7:27 p.m.

    Nice job Jeff. Totally happy that the ACC has finally won another National Championship. FSU... View More

    — Posted by vt94hokies

    ACC! ACC! ACC!..

    BTW how did your team do in its bowl game?

  • Alex25 Jan 7, 7:26 p.m.

    tough to clap with so much corruption and nonsense -

    www.unccheats.com

  • cjw6105 Jan 7, 7:24 p.m.

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

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 7, 7:14 p.m.

    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.....

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