Kudos to Mark Richt for bringing tradition back to the Miami-FSU series.
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Give ACC coaches credit for making their schools put their money where their mouths are:
After some serious debate about moving to a nine-game conference football schedule, ACC athletic directors voted Wednesday to maintain the status quo.
The ACC will continue to play eight league games with a requirement for a ninth game against a Power 5 nonconference opponent, the league announced Wednesday. The decision will cost each school about $500,000 in television revenue, industry sources told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
With a new TV deal in place with ESPN and the launch of a new ACC Network in the works for 2019, the league expanded its conference schedule for basketball (from 18 to 20 games, starting in 2019), but a move toward more intraconference football games was hotly contested by several schools with annual rivalry games outside the league.
The new ESPN deal gave the schools three options: increase the league schedule to nine games with one nonconference Power 5 opponent; play eight league games with two nonconference Power 5 opponents; or stay at eight league games with one nonconference Power 5 opponent. ACC schools would have received the full amount of the deal between ESPN and the ACC by choosing either of the first two options. But the schools instead chose to remain status quo despite the reduced revenue.
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich staunchly supported the status quo on conference scheduling. While the league will miss out on network incentives, he said it wasn’t a major issue.
“Those were big numbers, but when you break it down after shares and dividing the dollars within the league, it was not anything that moved the needle,” he said.
Florida State, Georgia Tech and Louisville also strongly opposed an expanded league schedule because it would limit flexibility to schedule other out-of-conference games beyond their annual rivalry contests against the SEC.
That’s half-a-mil plus the guarantee fee they have to pay a cupcake instead of that ninth conference game.
For FSU and Louisville, that’s a call probably made easier because of playoff considerations, since the SEC is getting away with an eight-game conference schedule just fine. Can’t say I have an explanation for Tech’s opposition.
- “The top ten most talented teams in the country last year were Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Texas, and Michigan.”
- You know the old joke about someone being so incompetent he could screw up a one-car funeral? That would be Rutgers’ AD.
- According to his dad, Pennsylvania’s D’Andre Swift was really impressed by the G-Day crowd: “To be able to walk into the stadium and be a part of it and walk down and watch the guys coming through the ‘DawgWalk’ and see all the tradition that Georgia has was just remarkable. I’ve never seen how a town shuts down for a game. That city is a college football town, and everybody embraces that tradition and the football program fully. That, to me, was just remarkable about Georgia in every way.” If you were there, take a bow.
- The ACC is already trying to figure out what to do if Clemson, FSU and Louisville all wind up 11-1.
- Good point in this post — if Missouri is an improved team in the SEC East, don’t forget that Florida and Tennessee both have yet to play the Tigers.
- Hugh Freeze notes one difference between Kirby Smart’s defenses at Alabama and Georgia: “He’s playing a lot more odd front. I’m sure he’s adjusting to what he thinks is best for his team. It’s been different from what we expect from them, but the results are well for him.”
- Cool game management, Clay Helton. You’re lucky Stanford didn’t have a two-point trick play up its sleeve.
Nothing good will come of this… at least not for me.
Georgia has been selected to return to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in four years.
The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game decided to pair Georgia and Virginia for one of its opening games in 2020, which will take place on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Ah, well, it’s been a while since my loyalties were divided.
North Carolina had to know this was coming.
Basketball-crazed North Carolina has lost its next chance to host NCAA men’s basketball tournament games along with several other championship events due to a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people.
And the fallout may not be over.
After the NCAA announced it is pulling seven championship events from North Carolina for this year, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford – whose league hosts many sporting events in the state, including its football championship game – said the ACC’s council of presidents were set to discuss the law at a previously scheduled meeting later this week.
Without NCAA cover, you’d expect the ACC to follow in its footsteps. Banning the ACC basketball tourney from the state, even the watered down version that exists today, is gonna sting.
The cognitive dissonance in the corner of the law’s defenders is about what you’d expect.
Of course, he might be complaining about more than just who’s going to which bathroom with that.
HB2 was signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year. A spokesman with McCrory’s office couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday evening, but a spokeswoman with the state Republican party blasted the NCAA’s decision in a statement, saying it is “so absurd it’s almost comical.”
“I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor,” spokeswoman Kami Mueller said Monday night.
I bet you do, girl. It’s probably a coincidence that I can’t find a single other public utterance of your concern about what happened at Baylor.
But now that you mention it, Baylor canned its president, AD and head coach in the wake of its scandal. What’s North Carolina got to offer to get the NCAA off its back?
Thought the passer ratings from Saturday night were interesting.
- Jacob Eason: 185.87
- Greyson Lambert: 119.20
- Mitch Trubisky: 92.76
Georgia averaged 9.3 yards per pass attempt; Trubisky averaged 3.9 yppa. Given that the Heels averaged more than 8 yards per rush, giving Hood and Logan a combined 16 carries while letting Trubisky throw the ball 40 times was coaching malpractice.
Georgia’s loss has been Miami’s gain. Richt has come home, and South Florida has embraced his return.
“His arms are open to former players and the community, and it’s just beautiful,’’ said former UM cornerback Tolbert Bain, 52, with whom Richt conferred about his plan to regularly visit youth football programs throughout South Florida. “I want to send the Georgia athletic director a fruit basket for doing us this great favor.’’
Among the many ways UM has benefited even before Richt’s opener against FAMU at 6 p.m. Saturday:
▪ Season-ticket sales are expected to reach 40,000.
▪ Hurricane Club membership has exceeded 10,000 for the first time and reached an all-time high $12 million through its annual fund.
▪ Fund-raising for a $28 million to $30 million indoor practice facility, for which Richt pledged $1 million, has been strong.
▪ Former players are reinvigorated by Richt’s insistence on their inclusion in UM’s events and culture.
▪ Overall fan exuberance, with Richt’s avid support of the community, is palpable.
“It’s the direction we want to go — back toward the top,” UM athletic director Blake James said. “Since last Dec. 4, when we announced Mark’s hiring, there has been a real wave of energy around the program.”
Said Richt of the “outpouring” of support: “It has been a little overwhelming.”
Maybe you can go home again. After all, everybody has hope.