Swofford talks budgets, BCS

May, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- ACC commissioner John Swofford is being inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame on Thursday in Raleigh, so he had to catch a plane on Tuesday and leave the ACC meetings early. He found a few minutes, though, to chat with some reporters about a few key issues facing the conference.

One topic that has gotten a lot of attention here is cost containment, and Swofford said the ACC offices in Greensboro, N.C., are feeling the crunch, too. In addition to moving the annual ACC media days in July from Saddlebrook Resort in Zephyrhills, Fla., to Greensboro, the ACC has also reduced its overall budget a little more than 6 percent, and is freezing salary increases as well as freezing any new hires. The ACC has 32 full-time employees. Swofford said the benefits of the budget cuts are going back into the schools' revenue shares.

"These are different economic times than hardly any of us have seen before," he said. "Our conference schools, as are institutions across the country, are trying to find appropriate ways to deal with that without overreacting in a sense. I feel like we've collectively been able to find a good balance there."

Also among the topics discussed was the recent BCS hearing in Congress, but until Swofford speaks with the ACC's university presidents, he doesn't have the position of the entire conference. Only coaches, athletic directors and faculty representatives attend the spring meetings.

"It would be a little premature to say specifically in terms of our position," said Swofford, who is also the BCS coordinator. "I've spoken with our ADs and our faculty reps. We'll subsequently be having some discussion with our presidential representatives and then in June the conferences will report back at the BCS meetings."

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