ACC Football Daily Links — Differing Opinions on Whether ACC Expansion, NYC Focus Are Smart Ideas

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Expanding ACC Follows NASCAR’s Uncertain Path (News & Observer)

The ACC spent Monday gallivanting about New York in an eerie echo of a similar expedition made by NASCAR in June 2003, when Nextel replaced Winston as title sponsor. Ditching tobacco for telecommunications in Times Square neatly summed up the changes the stock-car circuit underwent as it morphed from regional pastime to national product…

Our Opinion: Bigger, Better (Tallahassee Democrat)

The logo of the Atlantic Coast Conference illustrates the changes the athletics league has undergone over the years.In the 1950s, that logo featured a map with Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. Over the years, the map grew to include almost the entire East Coast. As of this week, the map is gone, and the logo says merely: ACC…

ACC Must Not Forget Its Small-Town Roots, Even as it Takes New York By Storm (Wilmington Star-News)

The Atlantic Coast Conference came into existence on May 8, 1953 when representatives of seven schools from bordering states met at the Sedgefield Inn outside Greensboro to draw up a set of bylaws for the new league. It was a union that flourished over the next 60 years as much because of the intimacy of its rivalries as the collective excellence of its teams…

Virginia Tech, West Virginia to Renew Rivalry in 2021, ’22 (Roanoke Times)

Dust off the Black Diamond Trophy. It’s about to be in play again. Virginia Tech and West Virginia announced Wednesday that they’ll renew their football series in 2021 and 2022, rekindling a once-intense matchup that hasn’t been played since 2005. “I am pleased we are able to resume the rivalry between Virginia Tech and West Virginia and have every belief that this rivalry will flourish and be good for college football”…

Sizing Up the ACC: Tigers Aiming for Improvement in Young, Talented Secondary (Orange and White)

Experience, outside of a few select schools (including Clemson), isn’t really a problem among 2013 ACC secondaries. Improvement needed? Definitely. Half of the league finished 70th or worse nationally in pass defense last season, but in pass effiency ‘D,’ the ACC did have five in the top-40. Nine of the now 14-team football league return at least 75 percent of their starting defensive backs…

Miami Hurricanes Preseason Position Previews: Running Backs (State of the U)

Last season’s running game was a roller coaster ride that thrilled fans with exciting long runs for touchdowns; but it also left fans disappointed when it broke down and apparently stolen from the damn park a few weekends. (We good with the metaphors for now? Cool.) This year, however, features a lot of new faces in the backfield: a new offensive coordinator in James Coley, and new running backs’ coach Hurlie Brown…

No One Should Look Past Terps’ Final Year in the ACC (Diamondback Online)

When the ACC formally welcomed Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse with a press conference Monday, everyone there made sure to talk about the future, like the basketball league that’s expected to place the most teams in the postseason every year, or the opportunity to continue to put more teams in football bowl games. And though it wasn’t stated explicitly, the ACC’s future is one without this university…

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