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John Swofford Says ACC Hopes To "Protect" Member Schools Financially
Published May 17, 2013
MOVING FORWARD: Swofford said that, “despite the lack of tangible results from these meetings, the conference brass made significant progress in determining everything from future bowl lineups to the long-term site of the men's conference basketball tournament.” Swofford: "There's just a lot of positives going on throughout the entire meetings, and I think a lot of excitement from this group looking ahead in terms of what the possibilities are." In Pittsburgh, Sam Werner notes there was a “sharp contrast” to the meetings last spring that “were dominated by the specter of conference realignment” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 5/17). In Atlanta, Mark Bradley wrote, “Old-line ACCers are afraid the conference tournament will fly away to Manhattan and never return. That’s not going to happen.” The ACC HQs are in Greensboro, N.C., and the “heart of the ACC, even in its new double-strength manifestation, will remain in North Carolina.” Still, it is “all but certain that some ACC tournaments will be played in Madison Square Garden.” But some time “doesn’t mean every time, or for all time” (AJC.com, 5/16).
YEA OR NAY: ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson noted ACC coaches are “in favor of having the coaches' poll be a part of the criteria used by the selection committee to determine the four teams in the College Football Playoff.” Duke coach David Cutcliffe, serving as league coaches' chair, on Wednesday said that his group “also is in favor of having every single coach have a vote in the poll and complete transparency in the voting.” They also “favor doing away with a preseason poll and releasing their first poll at some point during the season -- much in the way the BCS standings are released” (ESPN.com, 5/15).