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Monday, February 23, 2009
The Mt. Rushmore of ACC football

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

We wrapped up last week with two days of some of the best names in ACC football, only to draw the conclusion that Mt. Rushmore is far too small of a mountain for this conference. Now it's time for the granddaddy of 'em all -- the Mt. Rushmore of ACC football. Considering how difficult it was to choose for each individual program, this was no easy task.

Here is the final verdict:

Bobby Bowden -- With two national championships and 12 ACC titles, Bowden was the easiest choice. He has compiled a 309-91-4 record in 33 years, and is still winning.

Frank Howard -- With six ACC titles, 96 ACC wins and his legacy forever enshrined by Howard's Rock, the legendary Clemson coach played a huge role in shaping the ACC's history.

Bobby Dodd -- After a career at Georgia Tech that spanned 57 years, Dodd is the namesake of the Yellow Jackets' stadium and the road it was built on. Dodd guided Georgia Tech to a 31-game winning streak from 1951-53, including a perfect 12-0 season and national title in 1952. He was an assistant coach (1931-44), head coach, athletic director (1950-76) and an alumni association consultant.

Charlie Ward -- It's hard to argue against FSU's first Heisman Trophy winner who led the program to its first national title. Ward set 19 school and seven ACC records during his two years as the starting quarterback.