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Lighten up, Francis.

ACC, I don’t know you anymore.

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said he regrets that the Tar Heels ridiculed Clemson fans on the video board during the Tigers’ 21-20 victory at Kenan Stadium on Saturday.

During a timeout, a handful of Clemson fans were shown on the video board with overlaying comments suggesting they were bandwagon fans.

Among the digs: “Thinks That Clemson Is in Georgia,” “Can’t Name Clemson’s Last Head Coach,” “Also a Patriots Fan” and “Thinks ‘The Fridge’ Is Just a Kitchen Appliance.”

… The Greenville (South Carolina) News reported that Cunningham apologized to Tigers athletic director Dan Radakovich and Clemson president James Clements on Sunday.

Seriously, that was offensive?  I can remember the days when the Virginia pep band serenaded NC State’s Tom Burleson, who’d gotten into trouble for breaking into a pinball machine, with the dulcet tones of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” and then followed that up the next football season with an on-field tribute to the school featuring the formation of a tractor that had a wheel fall off.

Untwist your panties, people.

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The vision thing

Virginia athletic director Carla Williams brought staff down to Georgia to see “what it looks like and what the possibilities are and what the vision is” ($$).

“It” being one thing Georgia’s athletic department excels at these days:  raising money from donors.

The interesting thing here is that in certain important ways, UVa is a polar opposite to UGA.  Unlike Georgia’s, Virginia’s existing endowment is massive ($9.5 billion).  Nor has Virginia suffered through a school president like Michael Adams, who alienated a significant portion of the donor base.  Clearly, nobody in Charlottesville has to be concerned about reaching out for contributions.

On the other hand, as Staples points out, Georgia has been far more committed, financially speaking, to its football program than Virginia ever has.

This is new territory for a program accustomed to spending among the least on football in the ACC. In the past four years of data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Virginia ranked either No. 11 or No. 12 in spending on football. In fiscal 2017, the last year of available data, Virginia was No. 11 at $22.6 million…

On Saturday at Notre Dame, Virginia will face a program that spent $42.8 million on football last year. This is why Williams took her team to Georgia (which spent $44.9 on football in that year, which also included an SEC title, a Rose Bowl win and a trip to the national title game).

So, you’ve got a wonderful source of funding that has gone relatively untapped and you want to mine it to build a football program.  Who you gonna call?

Williams’ former boss, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, said Virginia’s upswing in football should help raise that money. McGarity said Georgia’s athletic department is required to raise all of the money for capital improvements so as not to accrue more debt.

Of course you are.

McGarity said Williams already has the most important piece in Mendenhall. Smart, McGarity said, has been the driving force behind Georgia’s on-field and fundraising success. “Kirby’s a key part of that,” McGarity said. “He takes time to visit with donors. He’s so personable and he’s so sincere. It’s just how he’s wired.”

Williams also knows she has to make sure donors feel special. And sometimes, she said, that’s less complicated than most would expect. “It may be as simple as being on the field pregame,” Williams said. “When you can create unique experiences that people value and appreciate, that’s when you can start to make a difference.”

Wahoo wah!  A new day beckons.  Prepare to reach for your wallets, Virginia fans.  Your very own Magill Society is just around the corner.

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Monday morning buffet

Grab yourself a plate and go.

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Hot fun in the summertime

Willie Taggart has gone from this to this.

Looking ahead to the Seminoles’ second game Saturday at 5 p.m. against ULM, Florida State head coach Willie Taggart discussed how his team may not have been properly hydrated to deal with the heat ahead of its first game.

“I think after going through last weekend and seeing our guys going down and cramping, one thing we talked about with our medical staff is our guys got to hydrate,” Taggart said on his weekly call-in show.

“That can’t be on Friday, that can’t be on Thursday, they need to start hydrating early in the week and take care of their bodies. We can’t leave it up to our players just to do it. We’ve got to force them to hydrate and take care of themselves.

“I don’t know if we did a good job of that last weekend. One of those situations where you live and learn, and we’ll make sure that we help our guys when it comes to that.”

Throw in this,

The excuses are flying around Tallahassee following Florida State’s 36-31 loss to No. 24 Boise State on Saturday afternoon. The latest comes from an offensive lineman who feels that his team wasn’t prepared to compete in a four-quarter battle in the heat and humidity of the panhandle.

“Conditioning wasn’t our strong suit,” offensive lineman Baveon Johnson said, “That is what we plan to work on and plan to improve this week … I feel like it was just conditioning overall. That is what we need to get better at.”

… and you have to wonder why anybody in FSU’s athletic administration is letting Taggart anywhere near anything that affects player health.

If I didn’t know any better, I’d really question whether Jimbo was all that was wrong in Tallahassee.

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TFW you’re finally free

Yeah, this happened on national television.

Hey, there were times he made decisions that made me feel like that, too.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Soon, grasshoppers, soon.

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Week 0 game day post, Florida-Miami edition

You got that right, Bruce.

With apologies to those jonesing to watch Hawaii swing into late night action, I’m going to spend my blogging effort here on the first game of the night, Florida-Miami.

Michael Irvin is pumped.

This should come as no surprise.

It’s a neutral site game and Florida comes in as around a seven-point favorite.  Bill Connelly thinks the Gators will cover the spread.

As much as it pains me to say it, I don’t think that’s an unreasonable expectation.  While, as this chart notes, overall talent for both teams is fairly even…

… the experience level at quarterback definitely favors Florida.

That being said, I don’t think that alone is going to be the deciding factor tonight.  For one thing, these coaches know each other, and in some cases, know each other really well ($$).  Diaz worked for Mullen.  Grantham and Enos have faced off against each other in the SEC wars.  Moreover, Miami’s defensive strategy isn’t going to be a blank slate for Florida, as Diaz was the ‘Canes DC last season under Mark Richt.

So everybody knows what everybody’s up to, which makes for some interesting history to track.  Start with Franks’ passing on third downs last season.

It wasn’t his strong suit:  36-81 (44.4%), 2 TDs, 1 INT all added up to a 100.73 passer rating.  Can you guess whose pass defense was really good in third down situations last season?  If you picked Miami’s, give yourself a gold star.  Diaz coached these stats:  39-98 (39.8%); 5 TDs; 6 INTs; 78.77 passer rating.

You’ve got two very aggressive defensive coaches who will be calling a ton of blitzes against two very shaky offensive lines.  Mullen, obviously, will do what he can to avoid putting Franks in third down passing situations, but Miami has its own problems dealing with pressure.  Check out this bit of 2018 awfulness:

If you’re looking for whether Dan Enos is going to have a positive impact this season with Miami, start with that.  Because Dan Enos loves the screen pass.

When Dan Enos was head coach at Central Michigan in 2014, he recruited David Reese. The Florida linebacker and Michigan native recently recalled Enos, now Miami’s offensive coordinator, as “a really great guy.” That’s nice, but Enos’ personality isn’t what Reese remembers most about the 51-year-old.

Reese remembers the screens.

All eight of them. During Reese’s freshman year in 2016, Arkansas, with Enos as its offensive coordinator, beat Florida, 31-10. Austin Allen, the Razorbacks’ quarterback that day, went 8-for-8 on screens for 115 yards (14.4 yards per attempt), according to Sports Info Solutions,

“They threw the most screens in a game I’ve ever seen in one game,” Reese said.

Grantham is going to go balls out attacking the line of scrimmage, because that’s what Grantham does.  In this case, it’s an especially good strategy against a green quarterback and an inexperienced offensive line.  There’s also a decent chance the Gators run blitz Miami’s rush game into being ineffective, which takes away one obvious means of reducing the pressure on a rookie QB.  If Miami can’t use a screen game to take some pressure off Grantham’s scheme, it’s going to be a long night for Enos.

I’m not forgetting what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, but Florida, with its secondary and second-year coach and quarterback, would appear to be the better equipped team.

The real wild card, of course, with questionable at best offensive lines and aggressive defenses, is turnovers.  Last year, Florida was +12 in turnover marginMiami was minus-1.  You tell me how that breaks tonight and you’ve probably got a very good chance of calling the winner.

As usual, comments are there for a game night thread.  Have at it.

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