ACC Football Daily Links — Commissioner John Swofford Holds Court at ACC Football Kickoff

John Swofford Commissioner ACC Football Kickoff 2013 Greensboro Conference Stable Confidence

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

Monday, July 22, 2013

Swofford Sets Stage at ACC Media Days (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

The drama has subsided in the ACC, so much so that commissioner John Swofford spent a good part of his news conference at the kickoff discussing bigger issues in collegiate athletics. Not once was he asked about conference stability. It is a new era indeed. Swofford instead answered questions about the college football playoff, paying players, a pending lawsuit against the NCAA, and the end of the BCS…

Swofford Sees “Significant” Changes Coming to NCAA (USA Today)

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said Monday the next six months are “very important” to the future of the NCAA and predicted that significant structural and governance changes could be implemented at the governing body’s annual convention in January. Among the changes up for discussion would be the formation of a so-called “super division”…

After Difficult Path, UNC’s Blue Playing for Family (Fox Sports Carolinas)

As the more powerful counterpart to North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard last year, A.J. Blue is comfortable slamming into defenders and pushing his way ahead when he runs, shedding would-be tacklers with a well-placed stiff arm or pure brute force. Late in the third quarter of an October home game against Virginia Tech last season, Blue broke through the middle of the North Carolina offensive line, untouched by a Hokie defender…

Culture Shock for ACC Newcomers (News & Observer)

Macky MacPherson, born and raised in Syracuse, proud grandson of a famous coach, as orange as an Orangeman can get, would admit to some quintessential culture shock upon his first trip to North Carolina. Representing one of the ACC’s two newest members at the league’s annual football kickoff Sunday, the Syracuse offensive lineman recounted a few of his more jarring moments so far…

Swofford Says ACC Likely to Change Bowl Revenue Distribution, Keep Title Game in Charlotte (Daily Press)

The ACC likely will alter distribution of its bowl revenue, retain the current divisions and keep its championship football game in Charlotte. Those were the primary takeaways from Commissioner John Swofford’s Sunday news conference at the league’s preseason football gathering. Unlike a year ago, when Swofford portended the ACC’s September addition of Notre Dame as a partial member, there was no compelling storyline…

New ACC Coaches Turning to Players to Help in Transition (CBS Sports)

For Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig, coaching transitions have been one of the few consistent aspects of his career with the Eagles. Rettig is currently playing for his fifth coordinator, Ryan Day, in three and a half years, something that has shaped his development as a quarterback. “When you go into every spring ball, it’s like you’re a freshman again,” Rettig said…

“Never in a Million Years” Quarterback Ready to Start for Devils (Durham Herald-Sun)

While establishing himself as a top dual-threat quarterback at Weddington High School near Charlotte, Anthony Boone’s thoughts about Duke football were far from positive. “I never thought in a million years I would have been here,” Boone said Sunday at the ACC’s Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort. “When I got the first offer, I had a buddy who was a huge Duke fan who was telling me to go to Duke”…

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10 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — Commissioner John Swofford Holds Court at ACC Football Kickoff

  1. Hey John,

    I thought this quote might interest you. I found it in an SB article:

    “Swofford says should Notre Dame decide to join a conference, it is contractually bound through 2027 to join the ACC. He also states that the ACC would enthusiastically welcome Notre Dame should they decide to do so.”

    Here is the link to the article in question:

    http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2013/7/21/4542966/john-swofford-acc-football-media-days-kickoff

    IMHO, I doubt that ND ever joins, but I am glad that if they do ever decide to join a conference, they are contractually bound to the ACC until 2027.

    • Caught that this a.m. as well — it’s an interesting quote, though I think it simply reiterates what we already knew, no? The grant of rights keeps members financially bound to the ACC until at least 2027 (it could be renewed before it expires). I agree, though, nice to see the language in there explicitly spelling out Notre Dame’s options as well.

      • ^——– This.

        Also, concerning the renewal of the ACC’s GOR, I believe the ACC should follow the example of the B1G and renew the GOR with at least 50% of the contract left in the original GOR contract.

        • I think they’ll have to take things one step at a time. Chances are teams were not necessarily willing to sign on for that sort of arrangement before knowing what the future held. Though realignment’s done for the time being, there’s still questions on how competitive the ACC will be in the playoff era, growth of the ACC’s programs and financial incentives in other leagues that may greatly outweigh the ACC’s (but probably won’t). We don’t know what happens to Notre Dame, nor do we know if the Power 5 leagues break off. Just too much up in the air for any school to re-up so quickly. I expect they won’t even start talking about an extension until around 2023.

        • I hope the ACC starts the conversation about renewal of the GOR before 2023. The GOR ends in 2027 right? I would shoot for 2020 or 2021.

        • That’s the hope. But again, really depends on those other factors. If they’re struggling to keep up — on the field and financially — with the other power leagues, it’s unlikely that conversation gets going so early.

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