ACC Football Daily Links — Conference Issues Strong Statement Amidst Big Ten Conference Realignment Talk

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

Friday, December 7, 2012

ACC Shows Strength With Unified Statement (Fox Sports Carolinas)

Finally, the Atlantic Coast Conference has responded to the sweltering swarm of rumors suggesting some schools were leaving the seemingly unstable league for greener pastures. It’s not happening. That’s if you take 15 presidents of the league’s future at their word: “We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league…

If You’re Going to Create a Superconference, Then Do It Right: The Case For Florida State to the Big Ten (Frank the Tank’s Slant)

The irony of writing a blog that’s largely known for being focused upon conference realignment and Big Ten expansion is that I’m personally not someone that has a preternatural need to see the kingdom of Jim Delany get larger and larger.  Back when I originally starting writing about the topic three years ago, I only really saw a necessity for the Big Ten to add 1 more school to create a conference championship game…

Don’t Expect an Exodus of Teams From the ACC (Daily Progress)

I have this longtime pal who lives at Fripp Island and hears all the rumors. His voice mail to me a couple days ago mentioned that his golfing buddies were telling him that Virginia was soon to be headed to the SEC, which left me with two of my own questions: has the whole world gone insane over conference realignment; and, is this what retirement is really like?…

Stop Picking on the ACC (The State)

Bashing the Atlantic Coast Conference, in football and otherwise, has become another sport in college athletics. Like taunting an opponent, it is not enough to show your superiority on the playing field. It seems part of athletics competition these days is to kick an opponent when he is down. So it is with the ACC, which has not shown well in football over the past decade or so…

Delaney, Big Ten Might Feast More on the ACC (CBS Sports)

You have to read Jim Delany, know his nuances, decipher his meaning. The only way to cut through the B.S. was to ask the basic question for the most significant figure here at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. Are you done? If you have to ask — “Done with what?” — please leave the room. This is about college athletics teetering on the brink of becoming something new and great — or terrible and destructive. Definitely bigger…

Boston College Hires Steve Addazio: Grading the Hire (BC Interruption)

Now that the dust has settled and you’ve been introduced to Steve Addazio, let’s grade the hire. As a reminder, here were Brad Bates’ three criteria as for what he was looking for in the next coach, (hopefully) in no set order of importance: Someone who oozes with integrity; Someone who genuinely and sincerely cares for the students, particularly their intellectual development…

Tying Up Loose Ends (Tar Heel Blog)

Was Larry Fedora actually a candidate? I would say yes, he was on Tennessee AD Dave Hart’s list of coaches. That is the rumor that actually started this whole thing and the storm grew from there. Fedora appears to have been one of three coaches Hart was considering with the other two being Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy…

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