Joe Ovies

Bad week gets worse for Swofford

Posted May 21, 2012

FILE: ACC Commisioner John Swofford during a post-game celebration honoring Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, following the 82-69 Duke victory over Davidson on Friday, November 18, 2011 (Photo by Jack Morton).

It was a terrible, no good, very bad week for the perception of ACC football.

The new television deal with ESPN, initially a public relations win, turned into a source of misinformation and speculation about the future of the conference. Florida State only made matters worse because the people in charge couldn't get their stories straight about being committed to the ACC.

The conference meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., went from a news-side note to full-blown TMZ-like coverage. And why not? The previous rounds of conference realignment followed the same script, featuring blustery talk about the death of a league and the emergence of an even more consolidated power structure in college football. All of this has happened before and all of it will happen again.

In this iteration, the roles of the ACC and Big 12 have been reversed. John Swofford finds himself trying to keep the conference from falling apart - something Dan Beebe failed to do last summer when Texas A&M and Missouri left the Big 12. Meanwhile, Florida State has done a superb job matching the level of dysfunction shown by Texas A&M. Will they follow the same story arc and leave for supposedly greener pastures? Financially it would put them in a bigger hole than their facilities improvements, but exit fees can be worked out if the school is truly determined to get out of town. 

The perceived death spiral stopped when a fat television contract saved the day, but Beebe was collateral damage. Swofford will be doing his best to avoid the same fate and will need a Hail Mary of a PR stunt to change the current conversation. 

Impact of bowl partnership between SEC & Big 12

Pompously dubbed the "Champion's Bowl," the SEC and Big 12 will put their conference champions in a New Year's Day bowl beginning in 2015. In essence, they created a Rose Bowl East, but there is more to it than just consolidating the conference power structure. 

The tell is in the partnership opening up the venue to outside bids and leaving the old bowl structure behind. For starters, it allows the SEC and Big 12 to take more control of the financial aspects of post season play. The "Champion's Bowl" also lays down the groundwork for an expanded playoff since the likelihood of a champion from the SEC or Big 12 not making the new BCS event is sparse.

One thing is certain -- the ACC is the odd conference out in this college game of thrones. 

As much as the emergence of a Big Four in college football impacts Swofford's conference, it puts additional strain on Notre Dame's preference for independence. Even if the Big East doesn't disintegrate, the conference gets further away from what the Irish initially wanted for their non-football sports. Meanwhile, their football team is put in a terrible position where they need to win it all or get nothing in return. There is no conference championship safety net or prestigious bowl partnership outside of the new BCS format. 

Swofford's best play before winter would be for the ACC to add Notre Dame to its roster before the BIg 12 - or at least partner with the Irish in the post season. The idea of a Big Four wouldn't suddenly morph into a Big Five, but the ACC would at least keep from falling dangerously behind in the football arms race.

59 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Tarheel born May 23, 11:44 a.m.

    The ACC and Swofford will be just fine....seems to me this is a lot of "Hare vs. the Turtle". Rush to get ahead only to lose the prize.

  • dbretz May 23, 10:42 a.m.

    I'm going to surmise that only in the mind of Joe Ovies are the ACC league meetings, which I had no idea were even taking place, receiving "TMZ-like" coverage.

  • larrys080 May 23, 7:18 a.m.

    It's way past time for Swofford to step down.

    — Posted by jdupree

    What's your argument with him? The fact that the conference has won almost 60 national championships during his time (no thanks to State) or the fact that its the most profitable its ever been?

  • StunGunn May 23, 6:47 a.m.

    Maybe if he spent more time working for the ENTIRE ACC instead of flying to Indianapolis to... View More

    — Posted by rayraynral

    How true....

    — Posted by NCSU84

    What a crock.

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Amen, Ken!

  • Flagship_You May 22, 10:46 p.m.

    ...and by extension...

    SO WILL WE!

    LOL!

  • Flagship_You May 22, 10:45 p.m.

    It's way past time for Swofford to step down.

    — Posted by jdupree

    Wouldn't count on it.

    Swoffy's backed by The Flagship.

    He'll be just fine.

  • jdupree May 22, 9:02 p.m.

    It's way past time for Swofford to step down.

  • Flagship_You May 22, 7:27 p.m.

    The attacks on Thorp and those on Swofford seem to follow similar forms. Both use... View More

    LOL...humorous, ain't it?

    It's the same for their constant whine of "UNC Owns Da Media!!!"....while they simultaneously post link after link to media articles covering the UNC "scandal"...LOLOL...you just can't make this stuff up!

  • unc70 May 22, 2:02 p.m.

    Glad to see State fans quoting stories about Holden requesting the DA and SBI investigations. His involvement was widely reported, though I don't remember it here. Most posters here before today have claimed Thorp was covering up things in CH from authorities. So which is it?

    The attacks on Thorp and those on Swofford seem to follow similar forms. Both use self-contradictory arguments and omission of inconvenient facts. Most posters could benefit from studying rhetoric and debate. Certainly not going to make DiPhi with such pathetic efforts.

  • larrys080 May 22, 9:25 a.m.

    So the league has won almost 60 national championships during his time (no thanks to State, the school with the bitter fans whining the most) and is the most profitable it has ever been. ABC fans get blinded easy!

More...

 

 

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
7:30pm Tonight
CAR
TAM
 
7:30pm Monday
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Monday
NYK 0
SAC 0
Final
OKC 92
MIN 84
Final
MEM 103
ORL 94
Final
NOP 99
PHI 74
Final
UTA 90
BOS 99
Final
LAC 102
DEN 98
7:00pm Tonight
IND
TOR
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:30pm Tonight
MIA
MIL
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
MEM
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
CHI
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
WAS
 
Final
AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
Final
OU 59
CLST 56
 
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
Final
DET 53
WRST 64
 
Final
NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
Final
SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
Final
COOK 42
HOW 45
 
Final
NWST 80
NICST 51
 
Final
NO 87
CARK 67
 
Final
CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
Final
FAM 65
MDES 72
 
Final
INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
Final
ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
Final
ALAAM 78
ALCOR 66
 
Final
ALAST 63
SOUTH 59
 
Final
ARKPB 105
PVU 68
 
Final
ISU 89
TEX 86
Final
MVSU 84
TXSOU 85
 
7:00pm Tonight
AKR
BST
 
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
CMICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
VCU
GWU
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOL
UMO
 
7:00pm Tonight
MICH
NEB
 
7:00pm Tonight
BGU
NILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
EMICH
OHIO
 
7:00pm Tonight
VT
PITT
 
7:00pm Tonight
LAS
STJOE
 
7:00pm Tonight
TULA
TULSA
 
7:00pm Tonight
UGA
VANDY
 
7:00pm Tonight
KYST
WVU
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
WMICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
GEOR
XAV
 
8:00pm Tonight
EVAN
INDST
 
8:00pm Tonight
ORU
TABOR
 
9:00pm Tonight
OKST
BAY
 
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ALA
UF
 
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARK
TENN
 
9:00pm Tonight
AUB
TEXAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTST
WYO
 
9:05pm Tonight
SDST
FRES
 
10:00pm Tonight
CALST
SDCHR
 
10:00pm Tonight
NEV
UNLV
 
11:00pm Tonight
BSU
COLST
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
ARI
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
NYR
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
WAS
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
WIN
 
7:30pm Tonight
MON
DAL
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
DET
 
7:30pm Tonight
CAR
TAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
COL
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
BUF
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
MIN
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
ANA