ACC Football Daily Links — “Old Big East” Officially Becomes American Athletic Conference; Jokes Ensue

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Big East Becomes American Athletic Conference (BC Interruption)

Boston College’s former conference home has a new name. The current (read: old) Big East Conference has announced that it will be renamed the American Athletic Conference and will rebrand in time for the 2013-14 season. Unlike other, more legitimate conferences which go by an acronym, the conference intends to emphasize “The American” as its brand. Not an acronym. OK, AAC…

Big Ten, ACC “In Discussion” With Pinstripe Bowl, According to Report (SB Nation)

The Big Ten and ACC are in discussions with the Pinstripe Bowl for a conference tie-in after the 2013 season, according to CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler: Big Ten and ACC in discussions with the Pinstripe Bowl about commitment after 2013, according to a league source. The Pinstripe Bowl, which was played at Yankee Stadium for the third time in December, has featured a matchup between the Big East and Big 12 since its inception…

Thomas, Loeffler Enter 2013 With Something to Prove (

On the day he decided to return to Virginia Tech, Logan Thomas had his first professional job interview. His soon-to-be-new offensive coordinator sat across from him in the football offices, and Scot Loeffler’s introduction began with polite, icebreaking chatter about family and personal interests. Fairly swiftly, both sides recognized they had much in common. So, just as swiftly, they went to the wall for each other…

Justin Jackson Ready to Lead Wake Forest D (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Keep an eye on the fancy footwork of Wake Forest linebacker Justin Jackson this fall. The man can dance. No, really. He’s taken classes in several different genres: ballet, modern, hip-hop, African, “pretty much everything,” he said. Jackson was working toward a minor in dance — a degree he’s not going to be able to complete because his football schedule conflicts with an afternoon class…

Deacons Returning to Option Offense (Winston-Salem Journal)

The clearest explanation for what happened to Wake Forest’s football team in 2012 can be found in the ACC statistics for scoring offense. Right down at the bottom were the Deacons, with a paltry 18.5 points game. No other ACC team averaged fewer than 19.8 and three — Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State — averaged more than twice as many…

How Will the Pittsburgh Panthers Replace Rushel Shell in 2013? (Rant Sports)

The Pitt Panthers already faced questions in their running game next season as they looked to replace outgoing running back Ray Graham, who was one of the most productive backs in school history. Following the news that Rushel Shell, the leading candidate to replace Graham in 2013, will transfer, those questions have become full-blown concern…

Terps Hope the Expand Their Brand With Road Scrimmage (Herald-Mail)

The University of Maryland football team is taking time out from its spring practice schedule for this commercial. Although it will be the 12th of 15 practices the Terps are allowed in the spring, this one is as much to promote the program as it is to prepare the players for the 2013 season…

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One thought on “ACC Football Daily Links — “Old Big East” Officially Becomes American Athletic Conference; Jokes Ensue

  1. I like the Pinstripe for the ACC, because I think it’s got the potential to grow into a big deal–fans still go to cold-weather NFL playoff games, and a trip to New York is still a trip to New York even in December. It’s good for regional schools (even the NC schools are closer to New York than to Orlando or Miami, and of course it’s nice for Syracuse, Pitt, BC, and all of Notre Dame’s NY fans). But the biggest thing for me would be getting back the bowl tie-in with the Big Ten which we lost when they ditched the Russell/Champs/Tangerine after 2009. One, it’s important to match up with all the major conferences, and two, they’re the only BCS conference that consistently does worse in bowls than the ACC.

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