ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Has “Strongest Collegiate TV Market in the Country,” Says Swofford

John Swofford ACC Commissioner ACC Network TV Media Grant of Rights Expansion

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Monday, May 6, 2013

With New Swagger, ACC Moves Ahead on Network (Sports Business Daily)

ACC executives kept close tabs on Atlanta last Thursday, when rival conference SEC and ESPN announced their new network, scheduled to launch next year. Thanks, in part, to a new grant-of-rights agreement from its 15 member schools that gives it a new level of security, ACC executives negotiated a new media rights deal with ESPN that conference executives say will be among the richest for all college conferences…

Inside the Deal: How John Swofford Helped Save the ACC (News & Observer)

Not too long ago somebody told John Swofford about his nickname. He had never heard it. He had no idea people – sportswriters, radio personalities, college sports fans on Twitter – had begun calling him “Ninja Swofford.” Sitting in his office Thursday in Greensboro, Swofford, the commissioner of the ACC since 1997, smiled at the thought…

Big Ten’s New Divisional Power Balance: Lessons From the SEC and Big XII (SB Nation)

Big Ten fans had a number of reasons to feel aggrieved by the divisions that their league office spat out upon the splitting of the conference into two sections going into the 2011 season. Most notably, the monikers Leaders and Legends will be taught in business schools for years as a case study in a ham-handed attempt at overly haughty branding. Additionally, fans could not remember the rosters of the two divisions…

Coming Soon to a TV Near You: All ACC, All the Time (Roanoke Times)

The SEC Network soon will be upon us. On Thursday, conference commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN president John Skipper announced a partnership that will launch in August 2014 and run for 20 years, making it the longest sports-rights contract in U.S. television. Your move, Mr. Swofford. An ACC Network has to be coming, right? You’ve got to think the league won’t want to fall too far behind on this cash grab…

How is Virginia Tech Faring in the Commonwealth for the 2014 Class? (Gobbler Country)

Six of the Hokies eight commitments to date in the 2014 class hail from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Of those players, two are currently listed in the top-10 in the state according to Virginia Preps (a service that evaluates and ranks players in the Commonwealth). But, on that same top-10 list (which was updated March 3rd), so too does the University of Virginia…

Talking With Syracuse’s George McDonald (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald is in his first season with the Orange after spending the past two coaching the receivers at Miami. The former receiver at Illinois also carries the title of associate head coach, the most responsibility he has had in his coaching career. With a new coaching staff, a new quarterback and a new conference, there are plenty of questions facing Syracuse this fall…

Clemson’s Defense Moves Into Its Next, Most Important Step (Orange and White)

Dabo Swinney has one standard he looks to when analyzing his defense: points. Brent Venables, when hired last January, promised a more aggressive defense, and in turn, Swinney got just what he wanted. Clemson jumped 54 spots in the national ranks in sacks (76th to 22nd) from ’11 to ’12 – six in the Chick-fil-A Bowl alone. In scoring defense, the Tiger ‘D’ moved up from 81st to 48th, improving by 4.4 points per game…

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