Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Previewing the ACC spring meetings
By Heather Dinich
The ACC spring meetings are underway at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Fla., and while we have already previewed some of the major topics, like the possibility of an ACC channel and future bowl partners, there are several other issues that could also come up that aren’t necessarily on this year’s agenda.
Colleague Andrea Adelson is at the meetings, so stay tuned for her updates throughout the week. The ACC’s football coaches -- including Louisville’s Charlie Strong -- are meeting this morning and Wednesday morning. Here are a few additional topics that might come up:
- The ACC’s stance on a selection committee. BCS executive director Bill Hancock will be in attendance to talk about the end of the BCS era and the new College Football Playoff. Now that the sites have been determined for the playoff, the next step is determining the members of the committee who will select the teams. Commissioner John Swofford has said he thinks it could range between 14-18 members. The ACC coaches could weigh in.
- Current NCAA legislation. There has been some controversy regarding rules that would deregulate parts of football recruiting, and the ACC will figure out where its coaches and athletic directors stand on those issues.
- Coaches and athletic directors could also talk about Florida State’s loss of money from the 2012 ACC championship game. It was first reported by Warchant.com in February that Florida State lost about $479,000 in ticket sales from the title game. The Seminoles only sold 2,033 of their 10,000 allotted tickets and generated only $185,000 in sales. Swofford said through a league spokesperson that he doesn’t believe a team playing in the title game should lose money, and that there have been preliminary discussions on ways to avoid that in the future. The conference office does not determine the ticket reimbursement policies, though, it’s up to the league athletic directors to make any changes.
- A nine-game league schedule. The ACC is happy with its current eight-game format, especially considering the pending addition of five games against Notre Dame on an annual basis. The ACC was ready to go to nine games, but once the agreement with Notre Dame came to fruition, that instantly gave the strength of schedule a boost. It's become a hot topic in SEC country, though, as the creation of the SEC Network has reopened the discussion. The Big Ten, Pac-12, and Big 12 each play nine conference games.
- Overseas games. Swofford has said recently that the ACC is exploring the option of playing both football and basketball games overseas to expand its brand.