ACC: From expansion and intrigue to chatter and TV deals

 ACC takes New York to welcome Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame

ACC takes New York to welcome Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame

NEW YORK — This was the ACC like we've never seen. Lobster-on-crostini hors d'oeuvres and piped-in-jazz overlooking Times Square rather than barbecue, hush puppies and Kenny Chesney out yonder. An aggressive, confident marketing campaign instead of the staid, traditional odes to the past.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC presidents issue statement of solidarity

Five years ago, ACC presidents could have dismissed the blather regarding the conference’s imminent demise. After all, why dignify with comment what you know to be baseless?  Read more ...

Teel Time: No school affected more by ACC's Louisville-for-Maryland swap than Virginia

Teel Time: No school affected more by ACC's Louisville-for-Maryland swap than Virginia

Virginia and Maryland have met at least twice each basketball season for 71 consecutive years. The Cavaliers and Terps have closed the regular season against one another 11 times in the last 13 years.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Adding Louisville a bottom-line decision for ACC

Teel Time: Adding Louisville a bottom-line decision for ACC

The ACC’s addition of Louisville on Wednesday was blissfully and essentially bottom line. Conference presidents chose the Cardinals because of how athletes perform on the field with minimal regard for how students fare in the classroom.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC adds Louisville after losing Maryland to Big Ten

Teel Time: ACC adds Louisville after losing Maryland to Big Ten

Less than two weeks after losing a member for the first time in 41 years, the ACC has added the University of Louisville.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Virginia Tech AD Weaver reaffirms commitment to ACC, dismisses SEC chatter

Teel Time: Virginia Tech AD Weaver reaffirms commitment to ACC, dismisses SEC chatter

Jim Weaver and Bill Roth thought their radio exchange immaterial. Alas, in the Twitter age, there’s nothing that can’t be distorted beyond recognition in less than 10 minutes.  Read more ...

Teel Time: How should ACC respond to Maryland's Big Ten move?

Teel Time: How should ACC respond to Maryland's Big Ten move?

For someone who grew up watching Howard White, Randy White and Lefty Driesell compete in the ACC, seeing the University of Maryland leave the conference for the Big Ten is illogical if not blasphemous. But realignment scoffs at tradition, projected television revenue turns heads and we move on.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Commissioner John Swofford on Notre Dame, possible ACC channel

Last month ACC commissioner John Swofford graciously sat for a 90-minute interview at the conference’s Greensboro, N.C., offices (nice digs!). Much of our conversation is chronicled in a profile appearing online and in Sunday’s Daily Press, but space limitations dictated some omissions.  Read more ...

Bold, covert strikes mark ACC commissioner John Swofford's leadership

Bold, covert strikes mark ACC commissioner John Swofford's leadership

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery offers myriad southern staples, from country ham biscuits to deep-fried catfish. The fare also includes scores of homemade ice creams, from oatmeal cookie dough to chocolate brownie cheesecake.  Read more ...

Teel Time: FSU president Barron details ACC-Big 12 issues in unusual, lively statement

Twitter erupted Monday afternoon when Florida State president Eric Barron, in a statement regarding the Seminoles’ conference affiliation, called the Big 12 “academically weaker” than the ACC.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC likely to partner with SEC, Big Ten, Notre Dame for Orange Bowl

The ACC’s opponents in future Orange Bowls likely will include Notre Dame and teams from the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference.  Read more ...

Teel Time: CEO of Orlando bowls says Notre Dame elevates ACC's postseason football stock

The Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., college football’s most lucrative postseason game outside the BCS, has matched teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten for the last 20 years. But Notre Dame’s future inclusion in the ACC’s bowl pool could change that dynamic.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Notre Dame, ACC partnership mutually beneficial, rooted in 'shared values'

Teel Time: Notre Dame, ACC partnership mutually beneficial, rooted in 'shared values'

Notre Dame and the ACC didn’t need one another 10 years ago, five years ago or even six months ago. But after an historic, seismic and downright bizarre spring and summer, they do now.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Pitt AD Pederson says Notre Dame made 'huge commitment' to ACC

Notre Dame’s partial ACC membership likely will cost his school short-term, but Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson envisions far more long-term dividends, and perhaps, the ultimate payoff.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC, Notre Dame end long courtship with partial membership for Irish

Teel Time: ACC, Notre Dame end long courtship with partial membership for Irish

The ACC finally has Notre Dame. Well, at least part of Notre Dame.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Pittsburgh bids to host ACC basketball tournament

Approaching its 60th edition, the ACC basketball tournament has never been staged north of Landover, Md. But with a future alignment that includes Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame, plus current member Boston College, might that change?  Read more ...

Teel Time: Answers to FAQs on Notre Dame to ACC, including bowl revenue, hoops schedule

Teel Time: Answers to FAQs on Notre Dame to ACC, including bowl revenue, hoops schedule

Based on email, Twitter and old-fashioned conversation, here are frequently asked questions about Notre Dame joining the ACC for sports other than football.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Florida State to Big 12 dust-up, TV deal with ESPN dominate ACC spring meetings

Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage told me Wednesday that he expected this week’s ACC spring meetings to be routine. The chairman of Florida State’s Board of Trustees nuked that notion Saturday.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Strange Florida State-ACC-Big 12 saga continues as ESPN executive clears air on contract

With fans, media and an ill-informed board chairman parsing the ACC’s new media package with ESPN, a network executive chimed in Tuesday.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Swofford says his faith in ACC's stability unshaken by Florida State-to-Big 12 rumblings

Teel Time: Swofford says his faith in ACC's stability unshaken by Florida State-to-Big 12 rumblings

Four days of meetings and a Wednesday flurry of interviews rendered John Swofford’s voice weak. But the ACC’s veteran commissioner insisted, despite speculation to the contrary, that his conference remains strong.  Read more ...

Big East troubles rekindle Notre Dame-to-ACC chatter

Big East troubles rekindle Notre Dame-to-ACC chatter

Just when you thought it was safe to break out the sunscreen, shag bag and patio furniture. Just as you finalized plans to vacation at the beach, ballpark or fishing hole.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Will Virginia Tech, UVa like divisions in expanded ACC? Is Notre Dame in play?

Teel Time: Will Virginia Tech, UVa like divisions in expanded ACC? Is Notre Dame in play?

Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver vowed Monday night to “fight” a North-South division of the expanded ACC that would, essentially, return Hokies football to the Big East.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Duke's Krzyzewski talks Notre Dame, Lance Thomas, NCAA transfer rules

Teel Time: Duke's Krzyzewski talks Notre Dame, Lance Thomas, NCAA transfer rules

A year ago at the ACC’s basketball media day, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski voiced adamant opposition to partial conference membership for any school, Notre Dame included. The league as a whole shared his sentiment.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Notre Dame effect prompts ACC to retain 8-game football schedule

Teel Time: Notre Dame effect prompts ACC to retain 8-game football schedule

Less than a year after approving a nine-game conference football schedule and a year before implementing it, the ACC on Wednesday drastically reversed course.  Read more ...

ACC releases changes to schedule format with addition of Notre Dame

The ACC announced Wednesday following the conclusion of its fall meetings in Boston that teams will play eight conference games in 2013 and beyond because of the addition of Notre Dame.  Read more ...

Notre Dame likely to improve ACC's bowl lineup

Notre Dame likely to improve ACC's bowl lineup

Initial reactions to Notre Dame's partial ACC membership were provincial, predictable and understandable.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Set to renew rivalry with Virginia Tech, Pitt enduring hard times

Less than a month after two alums were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Pitt Panthers lost to a Championship Subdivision opponent for the first time.  Read more ...

Teel Time: New NCAA board chairman Hatch talks Penn State, football playoffs, academic standards

From Penn State to football’s playoff, from an enforcement restructuring to higher academic standards, Nathan Hatch’s leadership of the NCAA Division Board of Directors arrives at a turbulent time for college sports.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Wake Forest president Hatch discusses ACC expansion, Notre Dame

Nathan Hatch was raised on the ACC. Len Chappell, Art Heyman, Billy Cunningham: Growing up in Columbia, S.C., Hatch watched many of the league’s basketball legends play against the hometown South Carolina Gamecocks.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Retirement of Clemson's Phillips fifth AD change in ACC since 2010

With Clemson’s Terry Don Phillips announcing his retirement Thursday, the ACC is left with only four athletic directors who took their current post before 2006.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Turnover among ACC athletic directors comes at critical time

ACC athletic directors have much to ponder these days. This fall they’ll evaluate possible rotations for future league football schedules. Realignment is a perennial issue, with the current hot-button topic whether to ease the conference’s long-firm stance against partial membership.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Big East unlikely to be in Orange Bowl pool to play ACC champ

Teel Time: Big East unlikely to be in Orange Bowl pool to play ACC champ

The Orange Bowl has yet to unveil the teams it will consider to face the ACC champion in the 2014 season and beyond, but based on past conversations, and my Twitter feed Tuesday, fans in these parts adamantly oppose Big East involvement.  Read more ...

Teel Time: UVa's Littlepage says ACC needs to consider partial membership for Notre Dame

Like most ACC officials, including commissioner John Swofford, Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage dismissed notions last year of Notre Dame joining the conference for all sports except football.  Read more ...

Teel Time: How often might Notre Dame play ACC champion in Orange Bowl?

Notre Dame plays three ACC opponents this football season and faced 14 from 2006-11. The compelling question now is: How often might the Irish play the ACC champion in future Orange Bowls?  Read more ...

Though modest in scope, college football takes historic step with four-team playoff

Though modest in scope, college football takes historic step with four-team playoff

Safe to say this is an epic week in the nation's capital. John Roberts and the Supremes ruled on immigration and will opine on health care. The Wizards, again, own a lottery pick in the NBA draft, while the Nationals reside in first place.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Swofford believes Orange Bowl renewal affirms ACC's long-term viability

The ACC hasn’t won a national football championship since Florida State in 1999, the longest drought among major conferences. But the notion that a modernized postseason would marginalize the league was senseless.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC's Swofford applauds Virginia Tech President Steger's playoff leadership

An architect by trade, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger is far less visible, and appears far less active, in Hokies athletics than his predecessor, Paul Torgersen. But Steger was praised Tuesday for his leadership of the panel that produced major college football’s first playoff.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC, others need to overcome Big Ten, Pac-12 resistance to college football playoff

Teel Time: ACC, others need to overcome Big Ten, Pac-12 resistance to college football playoff

The 2010 college football season denied the Rose Bowl its precious Big Ten-Pacific 10 matchup. But civilization as we know it did not go all Cormac McCarthy.  Read more ...

Teel Time: SEC-Big 12 postseason agreement creates another PR problem for ACC football

Another weekend, another PR crisis for the ACC. Another weekend, another chorus of tweets, blogs and columns forecasting the conference’s demise.  Read more ...

Teel Time: TV deal secured, Swofford says ACC spring meetings will focus on BCS future

Teel Time: TV deal secured, Swofford says ACC spring meetings will focus on BCS future

With the ACC’s television future secured this week, the focus of next week’s annual spring meetings becomes the conference’s position on restructuring the Bowl Championship Series.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Solomon, Brey reflect on Notre Dame's rewarding journey to NCAA tournament

This is Anthony Solomon’s 25th season as a college basketball coach, an odyssey that’s taken him to nine schools and nine NCAA tournaments. He was in the Elite Eight with Virginia in 1995, the Sweet 16 with Notre Dame in 2003.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC football hits new low with fifth consecutive losing postseason

A month ago, the ACC reveled in its first Bowl Championship Series at-large bid and the opportunity to enhance its sagging football reputation.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Swofford says ACC likely to plug Syracuse, Pitt into current divisions; no Notre Dame talks

Teel Time: Swofford says ACC likely to plug Syracuse, Pitt into current divisions; no Notre Dame talks

ACC commissioner John Swofford said Friday that the conference likely will retain Atlantic and Coastal divisions for football while having no divisions in basketball once Pittsburgh and Syracuse become the league’s 13th and 14th members.  Read more ...

Teel Time: November football schedule a unique chance for ACC to court Notre Dame for all sports

Teel Time: November football schedule a unique chance for ACC to court Notre Dame for all sports

This is the ACC’s chance, a unique, seemingly fated, three-weekend window to lure Notre Dame into a conference with more Irish connections than a Kennedy compound barbecue.  Read more ...

Once implausible, full ACC membership for Notre Dame seems possible

Once implausible, full ACC membership for Notre Dame seems possible

Notre Dame and the ACC talked in 2003, and their discussions ended amicably and predictably — the school passed on all-sports membership in the name of its storied football independence.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Notre Dame considering full conference membership, says former Irish AD, ACC commissioner Corrigan

Teel Time: Notre Dame considering full conference membership, says former Irish AD, ACC commissioner Corrigan

Gene Corrigan ran Notre Dame athletics from 1981-87. He ran the ACC from 1987-97. No one pines for an Irish-ACC marriage more than he. “I think it would be wonderful,” Corrigan said. But can it happen? Would Notre Dame ever relinquish its football independence and, for the first time, join a league for all sports? “They’re certainly going to think about it more than they ever have before,” Corrigan said from his home near the University of Virginia, “because things have changed so much. … You pick up the paper every day and you have no idea what you might read (about conferences). … It’s kind of a crazy time, isn’t it? I don’t mean that in any way to be critical of anybody. It just is (a crazy time).” The latest shifts are seismic and include Pittsburgh and Syracuse bolting the Big East for the ACC, Texas A&M and, in all likelihood, Missouri leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference, and West Virginia or Lousiville, and Texas Christian, moving from the Big East to Big 12. Notre Dame is a non-football Big East member, but the conference’s splintering has the school pondering its athletics future. Irish basketball coach Mike Brey, a Maryland native and former Duke assistant, would welcome ACC competition, and the conference is equally enthused about Notre Dame’s national appeal. Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski endorsed Notre Dame as the ACC’s next member last week during the league’s preseason media gathering, while Brey told the Chicago Tribune that his program needs Eastern roots. But as detailed here ACC commissioner John Swofford made clear that the ACC wants all-in members only. A Duke graduate, Corrigan was Swofford’s direct predecessor and orchestrated the expansion that brought Florida State to the league in 1991 and elevated its football. He also served as athletic director at Virginia and Notre Dame. But even in retirement Corrigan is connected. He wouldn’t reveal details of his conversations but said he speaks with Swofford and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. Moreover, Corrigan’s son Kevin coaches the Irish’s lacrosse team. Another son, Boo, was an associate athletic director at Notre Dame and is the AD at Army. So if anyone knows the Irish way, the influence of the school’s governing body and its most well-heeled donors, it’s Corrigan. “All the (other) sports the ACC is good at, lacrosse and tennis and soccer, Notre Dame is good at,” Corrigan said. “From a competitive standpoint, it couldn’t be better.” Indeed, the Irish fit the ACC not only athletically but also academically and culturally. Pitt would be the only league school less than 500 miles (372, according to Mapquest) from Notre Dame, but when Boston College joined the ACC, the closest conference rival was Maryland at 433 miles. Will it happen? Will the ACC and Notre Dame navigate the scheduling and contractual – the Irish’s TV deal with NBC runs through 2015 – minefield that their varying interests create. Corrigan said he doesn’t know, but this much seems clear: What was once impossible is no longer.   Look for much more on Notre Dame and the ACC in future blog posts and in columns online and in the Daily Press.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Is Auriemma right that Notre Dame could have prevented VT, others from leaving Big East for ACC?

Teel Time: Is Auriemma right that Notre Dame could have prevented VT, others from leaving Big East for ACC?

Since their sport does not drive conference realignment, women’s basketball coaches had never created a stir on the issue. But women’s basketball has never had a coach quite like Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC commissioner John Swofford slams door on partial Notre Dame membership

Teel Time: ACC commissioner John Swofford slams door on partial Notre Dame membership

ACC commissioner John Swofford made news at the conference’s preseason basketball gabfest Wednesday.  Read more ...

Kirven stands out among elite defensive linemen at Top Gun camp

Kirven stands out among elite defensive linemen at Top Gun camp

With temperatures approaching a beastly 100 degrees Thursday in Williamsburg, Korren Kirven exploded out of a three-point stance and chopped violently at a tackling dummy.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Hokies' Beamer, UVa's London make their pitches in Hampton on Thursday

Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum were among Keith Urban’s opening acts last summer. Doesn’t mean they’re not stars in their own right. But it does mean they’re not Keith Urban.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Commissioner Swofford neither marauder nor rube in ACC expansion

ACC commissioner John Swofford is either a backwater rube or heartless marauder. So sayeth critics in the wake of his conference luring Syracuse and Pittsburgh from the Big East.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Agent Austin Walton of Newport News basks in success of clients Wells, Goudelock

Teel Time: Agent Austin Walton of Newport News basks in success of clients Wells, Goudelock

Austin Walton of Newport News started his own sports agency two years ago at the tender age of 24. The venture was, and is, to say the least, high-risk.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Football commitments keep rolling in for Hokies, UVa

Teel Time: Football commitments keep rolling in for Hokies, UVa

Among ACC teams, only Miami has secured more 2012 football commitments than Virginia Tech and Virginia, with the Hokies scoring Sunday with defensive end Woody Baron of Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy and defensive tackle Nigel Williams of Richmond's Benedictine High, the Cavaliers countering with defensive end Courtnye Wynn of Norfolk Christian.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Could ACC lure Notre Dame for all sports by inviting Navy for football only?

Teel Time: Could ACC lure Notre Dame for all sports by inviting Navy for football only?

Throughout the latest conference realignment spasms, ACC officials have made clear that any prospective member must be “all-in.” Football, basketball, lacrosse if ya got it. And don’t forget your television revenue. In the ACC’s sandbox, schools share all.  Read more ...

Teel Time: Further ACC expansion less likely after Pac-12 brings calm to realignment panic

Teel Time: Further ACC expansion less likely after Pac-12 brings calm to realignment panic

Pacific 12 presidents brought wisdom and calm to realignment panic Tuesday night, sparing college athletics, for now, “super conferences,” and increasing the likelihood of a long-term, 14-member ACC.  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC addition of Pitt, Syracuse symbolizes panic, mistrust in college sports

Teel Time: ACC addition of Pitt, Syracuse symbolizes panic, mistrust in college sports

John Swofford on Sunday called the ACC’s acquisition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh “monumental.” Talk about terra firma for the commissioner.  Read more ...

Teel Time: A U.Va.-Florida CWS final would pit O'Sullivan against his alma mater

As an All-ACC catcher for Virginia, Kevin O’Sullivan saw the Cavaliers struggle. As the program’s pitching coach, he contributed to what was then the finest back-to-back seasons in U.Va. history. As pitching coach at ACC rival Clemson, O’Sullivan watched the Cavaliers emerge as a top-15 power.  Read more ...

Teel Time: As July basketball recruiting begins, U.Va., Hokies court DeMatha stars

James Robinson and Jerami Grant are basketball teammates at DeMatha High and for Team Takeover. Could their partnership continue in 2012 at the University of Virginia?  Read more ...

Teel Time: ACC commissioner John Swofford says conference must earn football respect

Per the print column for Monday’s paper, ACC commissioner John Swofford’s most notable remarks at the conference’s football kickoff Sunday here in Pinehurst centered on NCAA reform. But the commish, entering his 15th season in the corner office, opined on other matters.  Read more ...

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