<
>

Building the best ACC program

Inspired by the new social game ESPNU College Town, here’s what I would select from around the ACC to build the best program in the conference.

Academics: Duke. The Blue Devils graduate all of their players, and the institution is one of the best in the country when it comes to academics. If only I could get in.

Athletic director: Kevin White, Duke. Since White arrived on campus, Duke has won three NCAA titles -- women's tennis, men's basketball and lacrosse. Duke ranked 10th in the 2010 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, and White has given coach David Cutcliffe much needed upgrades in facilities.

City: Chapel Hill. Franklin Street is the epitome of a college town, and it's the place to be whether there's a game or not.

Coach: Frank Beamer. He's loyal to his staff, and they've returned the favor. He can recruit, and he can win.

Facilities: Florida State. This is the house that Bobby built, and it's huge. The Seminoles have everything they need to succeed, and one of the biggest stadiums in the conference. It's even better when it's filled.

Fans: Virginia Tech. What other fan base would travel to Atlanta three times in one season to see their team play?

Game day atmosphere: Lane Stadium on a Thursday night. You've got giant turkey legs and Metallica. What more could you want?

Mascot: Sebastian the Ibis. In a word: aww. But he can get feisty when he needs to. Besides, what is a Hokie?

Stadium: Death Valley. Clemson's Memorial Stadium has Howard's Rock, the Hill and the tradition.

Strength program: Miami. Longtime strength coach Andreu Swasey has trained the likes of Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow II and Sean Taylor.

These are all tough picks, especially when choosing a coach and the fans. Clemson fans would actually probably tie Virginia Tech fans, but there is no better display of loyalty than a travelling fan base, and to sell out three times in Atlanta last season is going to be tough to beat. As for the coaches, this conference is loaded with good ones, but most of the ones who came to mind quickly (Paul Johnson, Jim Grobe and David Cutcliffe) lost this past weekend. I made my choice based on a longer period of time, and Beamer has owned the ACC since joining the conference, though CPJ is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year. And if Cutcliffe can win at Duke, he can win anywhere. So argue amongst yourselves and feel free to build your own ACC dream team in the ESPNU College Town game.