ACC Football Daily Links — End of “Atlantic” & “Coastal” Divisions May Be On the Horizon for ACC

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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Swofford Discusses ACC Divisions, Revenue Sharing, Bowl Tie-Ins, Basketball Venues (Daily Press)

The last year has been the most stabilizing and fortyifying in ACC history. Also the most turbulent. From the additions of Notre Dame and Louisville to the loss of Maryland. From the renewal of contracts with ESPN to the Orange Bowl partnership with the SEC, Big Ten and Fighting Irish. From the relentless realignment gossip to the granting of media rights. “It has been an extremely eventful year”…

ACC Network Will Struggle to Channel Viewers (The Virginian-Pilot)

It doesn’t surprise me that the ACC intends to launch its own league-branded network. A conference has gotta keep up with the Joneses. What surprises me is that there is a big enough audience for this sort of thing. If league channels are the future of major college sports, the ACC is playing catch-up. The Big Ten, Pac-12 and, most recently, SEC already have their own channels either on the air or in the works…

Booker T. Washington Star Linebacker Matthew Thomas Wants Release From FSU Scholarship (Miami Herald)

Booker T. Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas – one of the prized gems in Florida State’s highly-touted recruiting class in February – said Monday he is seeking a release from his scholarship so he can sign with Georgia or Southern California. Thomas, the No. 1 recruit in Miami-Dade in 2013 and the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker according to…

Packing the House (New Bern Sun Journal)

Dave Doeren is learning quickly about the passionate fan base of the N.C. State Wolfpack. The new football coach is thrilled to have the opportunity to build a winner for the championship-starved supporters. Doeren, introduced as head football coach on Dec. 2, is making his rounds across the state to acclimate himself with boosters, fans and alumni…

Spring Was Crash Course on ‘Noles New D (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Nothing was going to change. That was Jimbo Fisher’s story to start the spring, regardless of the massive overhaul of his defensive coaching staff. Sure, new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt would bring a few new wrinkles from his old stomping grounds at Alabama, but in the big picture, Fisher assured, Florida State’s defense would still look much as it did for the past three seasons under Mark Stoops…

Bryn Renner Has Sunday Stuff (WRAL Sports)

For a perennially mediocre football conference, the ACC regularly has cranked out productive NFL quarterbacks. Exhibit A in that regard is North Carolina State University, a program void of a conference championship since 1979 and prone to recurring coaching turnover. Yet when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Mike Glennon in the third round of last month’s NFL Draft, the Wolfpack became positioned to extend a professional quarterback legacy…

Bobby Bowden Explains Why He’s Returning to a FSU Game (USA Today)

This time, Bobby Bowden accepted Florida State’s invitation to return to Doak Campbell Stadium for a Seminole football game. “The university wanted to do it, they asked me and I went along with it,” Bowden told the Tallahassee Democrat on Monday, in his first public comments about the impending reunion…

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4 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — End of “Atlantic” & “Coastal” Divisions May Be On the Horizon for ACC

  1. RE: Bob Molinaro’s piece in the Virginian-Pilot, there is one quote in that article that tells you all you really need to know: “I don’t understand conference networks.”

    • Haha… completely agree. The guy doesn’t get why there’s a demand for them, the value of live content or the benefits of the ACC’s already-thriving digital distribution model. Very short-sighted piece; one that I’m disheartened to see.

  2. ACC Network will struggle to get viewers you say? Is that because its fanbase doesn’t care for Olympic sports, or because they simply don’t care about a football game that happened 30 years ago?

    • As I mentioned in my reply to Mark above, the piece shows a supreme lack of awareness when it comes to these networks, and as a result, it presents an ill-informed opinion about their potential success. Live content is great, digital distribution’s even greater. The ACC Network is set up pretty well for success already.

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