Category Archives: ACC Football

“This is a great player with nowhere to go.”

The more I read about the story of FSU’s withdrawal of a scholarship offer to Brian Bell, the messier the whole thing gets.

But this part seems clear.

Touchton says FSU general counsel Carolyn Egan told the group of Bell supporters that “Florida State football players can’t spit on the sidewalk” without inviting media scrutiny.

Florida State has been accused in recent years of allowing its football program to act as a sort of private fiefdom. Quarterback Jameis Winston was allowed to play football — and win a national championship, plus a Heisman Trophy — while accused, but never charged, of sexual assault. He has been disciplined for stealing crab legs and crawfish from a local supermarket and shouting vulgarities in the student union. News media reports have described how athletics department “fixers” and local police smoothed over past cases of theft, destruction of private property and late-night vehicle accidents by other players.

Touchton says Egan made the point that intense pressure on the school related to Winston’s transgressions would mean immense scrutiny on Bell.

Yes, I’m sure being worried about the kid’s reputation is what was behind FSU’s decision.

Whatever the case, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher called McPherson the morning after the meeting with bad news.

“Jimbo was upset about it,” McPherson says. “He said it was the president’s decision and there was nothing he could do.”

Touchton was baffled by that decision.

“Why is Florida State willing to fight to the end of time for Jameis Winston,” she asks, “and not Brian Bell?”

The answer to that might be as simple as this: Winston is potentially the No.1 overall pick of the NFL draft, while Bell, according to Rivals.com, is the nation’s 47th-best linebacker in his class.

So Bell twists in the wind.  He’ll spend more time in the legal system than on a football field.

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Wednesday morning buffet

Let me light the chafing dishes… ah, there.

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Wednesday morning buffet

A warm buffet for a cold morning.

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The inevitable destination of conference realignment

It was only a matter of time before somebody went there.

Non-conference games against conference opponents.  Don’t you love new traditions?

And how long do you figure it’ll be before Joe Alleva suggests that for a way around those who want to keep the SEC’s permanent cross-division rivalry games?

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UPDATE: 

“This is a unique opportunity to play a regional rival in years that fall outside the normal conference rotation,” UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a release. “We have a long history with Wake Forest that has historical value and will generate interest within our fans.”

In other words, instead of UNC and Wake Forest spending upwards of $1 million to fill a non-conference date with someone like Louisiana-Monroe or North Texas, they will play a more cost-effective game against a real rival, which will generate more fan interest and ticket sales.

Even though it’s a bit awkward and will create some confusion, it’s pretty much a win-win for those two schools. It’s also something other schools in the ACC could look to duplicate.

An awkward, confusing win-win.  That’s college football for you.

Wouldn’t it just be easier to add another conference game to the schedule?

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Why the hostility, bro?

As Georgia was in the process of thoroughly emasculating Louisville, Spencer Hall, bless his heart, had the presence of mind to dredge up this Danny Kanell gem:

Not that Kanell was averse to weighing in with some more ass-showing smack last night.

I dunno, maybe he’s jockeying for the Holtz seat opposite Mark May when Lou fades into the sunset.

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You can’t put a price on a good squib kick.

Fortunately for the SEC, it wound up with two schools in access bowls, so Georgia’s loss in the regular season finale didn’t cost the conference anything.

But check out what Georgia Tech’s win means to the ACC.

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Thursday morning buffet

Buffet on Thanksgiving?  Too much?

Nah.

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