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Matt's College Sports Media Blog: 2018 ACC TV Facts & Figures (mattsarzsports.blogspot.com; Sarz)

NOTE: For the purposes of these statistics, I counted the games that were played. Not the games that ended up being cancelled due to weather or other issues. This also does not include the network placement of any conference championship game.

Here's the games that were counted:


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Some statistical items
* Clemson increased their ABC appearance count over 2017 by one.
* The number of ABC primetime games decreased by two from 2017.
* Twelve games on ABC is the lowest number of games from the conference since 2014 when just seven games appeared on the network.
* 2014 is the last year that North Carolina failed to register an ACC game on ABC.
* North Carolina's appearance count is lower than everyone else as they did not replace the home game vs. UCF that was lost to Hurricane Florence.
* 2013 was the last time Wake Forest was not shown on the Raycom Sports/ACC Network over the air package.
* If you are surprised that Virginia Tech wasn't shown on the RSN package, don't be. Their last appearance on the RSNs was in 2015 vs. Pittsburgh and they've only appeared on the RSNs three times since the current contract started in 2011, with the other two appearances in that first year.


Syracuse coach Dino Babers is TJO's ACC Coach of the Year - The Juice Online (The Juice; Cheng)

With the exception of two makeup games for NC State and Virginia Tech, this past weekend marked the end of the regular season for the Atlantic Coast Conference, making it a good time to hand out some postseason awards.

We start off by naming our ACC Coach of the Year award. Our four finalists this year are Dabo Swinney (Clemson), Pat Narduzzi (Pittsburgh), Bronco Mendenhall (Virginia), and Dino Babers (Syracuse).

Here are the cases for and against each coach:

Dabo Swinney: Clemson

THE CASE FOR: The Tigers are once again the cream of the crop in the ACC with a perfect 12-0 record and an unblemished 8-0 ACC record. Aside from a narrow 28-26 win against then-No. 22 Texas A&M and 27-23 escape against Syracuse, Clemson has steamrolled the competition, winning on average by 30.8 points. That’s good for second in the FBS behind a team you may have heard of—Alabama. He’s done all this while surviving a quarterback controversy with incumbent starter Kelly Bryant announcing a transfer midseason after losing the starting job to Trevor Lawrence.

THE CASE AGAINST: It’s all a matter of expectations. Clemson received 145 of 148 first place votes in the ACC Preseason Poll and has been to three straight College Football Playoffs. The Tigers were expected to breeze through conference play, and that’s exactly what happened. To paraphrase Chris Rock, you don’t get credit for doing what you’re supposed to do.
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Singer Britney Spears performs with a snake draped over her shoulders at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6, 2001, in New York.

2001: Fun facts about last time Syracuse football won 9 games (PS; Herbert)

2001: Fun facts about the last time Syracuse football won 9 games in a season

Syracuse football is enjoying its best season in 17 years, finishing the regular season with a 9-3 record after a 42-21 win over Boston College on Saturday. The last time SU won nine games in a season was 2001, when the then-Orangemen featured future NFL stars Dwight Freeney and David Tyree.

The world looked very different in 2001, and not just because the current team's roster were all toddlers at the time. For example, many film franchises launched that year, including the first "Harry Potter," "Lord of the Rings," "The Fast and the Furious" and "Shrek" movies. The world also changed dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people in coordinated attacks.

Other memorable moments that year included the launch of the first iPod, new TV shows like "24" and "Scrubs," the Enron scandal, and Britney Spears' performance with a python at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Scroll through for a look back at some fun facts about the year 2001, including pop culture highlights and changes at Syracuse University:

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Recruiting Recap: Syracuse Football Pulls Three Four-Stars In One Week – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Leonard)

This past week was huge for Syracuse football. They picked up another ACC road victory over a “rival” and finished a regular season in football with 9 wins. But there was more to be happy about this week than just potentially avoiding a Pinstripe Bowl. It was also a huge week on the recruiting trail. Let’s discuss who the Orange got.


Mikel Jones

This dude is a flat-out stud. It’s fair to say Jones is the biggest recruit, not named Tommy DeVito, SU has gotten in the past five years. He’s an ESPN 300 guy and four star on every recruiting site you can find. 247sports.com gives Jones an 89 overall grade. To put it in perspective, only two other Syracuse commits have gotten a grade that high since 2010 and no one higher. Tommy DeVito and Trill Williams are the two.

On ESPN, Jones checks in as the 296th best player in his class. His overall grade of 80 ties him with Ed Hendrik for the highest rated player in the past two classes now for Syracuse, according to the WorldWide Leader. If his rating doesn’t tell you enough, just look at some of the schools he turned down: Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, West Virginia and NC State. He’s also another IMG Academy guy, which is quickly becoming the Brewster Academy of Syracuse football at this point.

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11/26 FizzCast: Syracuse Football Gets Hosed In All-ACC Picks and Previewing Ohio State – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; podcast; Leonard & Aki)

The Fizz’s Tyler Aki and Tim Leonard team up to break down Syracuse’s season and how the Orange got robbed in all-conference selections. They also discuss SU’s big B1G-ACC Challenge matchup against Ohio State and debut the segment “That Boy Legendary.”

ACC Football Rx: Coaching Carousel Backdrop - 11/27/18 (accfootballrx.com; HM)

From USA Today: How much it will cost to hire these 9 up-and-coming college football coaches
What will it cost to buyout these head coaches (including two ACC head coaches)?

  • Dino Babers, Syracuse: Unknown*
  • Jeff Brohm, Purdue: $5 million
  • Neal Brown, Troy: $300,000
  • Matt Campbell, Iowa State: $7 million
  • Dave Doeren, NC State: $7.1 million
  • Luke Fickell, Cincinnati: $3 million
  • Seth Littrell, North Texas: $1.75 million
  • Mike Norvell, Memphis: $500,000
  • Matt Wells, Utah State: $800,000
* private schools are not required to divulge such information!

This may also explain why we haven't heard anything on the Jeff Brohm to Louisville rumors lately:
Brohm’s new contract is a seven-year deal worth $26.9 million in supplemental income. When his $300,000 base salary is included across the lifetime of the deal, the total is $29 million... Brohm’s buyout is a hefty $4.4 million until Dec. 6, 2018, when it then declines to $3.3 million and again to $2.2 million on Dec. 6, 2019.

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Clemson aside, here’s the latest breakdown on the ACC’s muddled bowl picture (newsobserver.com; Giglio)

This will not go down as a banner year for ACC football, even if Clemson figures out a way to knock off Alabama and win the national title.

The ACC is the only conference championship game that doesn’t involve two ranked teams. By Tuesday night, Clemson, (No. 2) and Syracuse (No. 20), will be the only ACC teams in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Miami (7-5) and Virginia Tech (5-6) stumbling did not help. Neither did Florida State (5-7) crashing or Louisville (2-10) burning.

Syracuse (9-3) was a “surprise” on the Atlantic side, emerging after a pair of 4-8 seasons, but even the feel-good story on the Coastal side — your choice Pitt (7-5) or Virginia (7-5) — didn’t exactly close the season with a bang.


That leaves the ACC bowl picture, after Clemson’s playoff spot and ACC title (I mean, the Tigers could lose ... ) muddled.

The Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla., gets the first choice after the CFP process. It’s important to note: The Camping World gets to make its choice based on its preference. Bowls care about two things: television appeal and selling tickets. Head-to-head results or ACC record/standing is not a factor. The only criteria the league gives Orlando (and the Tier I pool) is the “one-win” rule (ie a 7-5 team can’t be picked over a 9-3 team but an 8-4 team can).

If Syracuse jumps up in the CFP standings, the Orange might be too attractive pass up. N.C. State (8-3) is still considered the favorite to land in Orlando. The Wolfpack, with one more game with ECU (3-8), would be an interesting option to pair with West Virginia from the Big 12. Those two teams were supposed to meet in Raleigh on Sept. 15 but the game was wiped out by Hurricane Florence.

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247Sports ACC Football Final Power Rankings (247sports.com; Johns)

With a 56-35 win over in-state rival South Carolina Saturday, Clemson has run the table in the regular season and are an ACC Championship victory over Pittsburgh away from a shot in the College Football Playoff. Along the way, the Tigers have earned every single first-place vote the entire season from every expert in the 247Sports network. Though some Clemson fans gnashed their teeth over allowing so many points against the Cocks last weekend, the Tigers have earned unanimous respect from this site.

As the season has progressed, there's also been consensus building on the two worst teams in the league — North Carolina and Louisville. In fact, both those programs have also decided to make coaching changes, with the Cards letting Bobby Petrino go a couple weeks ago, while the Heels showed Larry Fedora the door Sunday afternoon and are on the verge of hiring Mack Brown as his replacement, according to Inside Carolina.

With dominance at the top and gruesome at the bottom, the biggest question nearly all season has been 'Who is the second-best team in the ACC?' For the first time all year, there's agreement, as the Syracuse Orange finish the season 9-3 after a 42-21 win over Boston College Saturday in Chestnut Hill.

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ACC punishes NC State, UNC players over fight (espn; Adelson)

The ACC issued half-game suspensions and public reprimands to seven total players from NC State and North Carolina involved in a fight at the end of their game last Saturday.
In a statement Monday, the ACC identified North Carolina players Dominique Ross, Patrice Rene, J.K. Britt and Jeremiah Clarke, and NC State players Freddie Phillips Jr., Tyler Jones and Justin Witt after reviewing video from the Wolfpack's 34-28 overtime win. The fight started in the end zone, right after Reggie Gallaspy crossed the goal line for the game-winning score.


NC State plays East Carolina on Saturday in a game that was scheduled after Hurricane Michael forced both teams to cancel games against different opponents in September. Jones and Witt are starting offensive linemen for the Wolfpack, while Phillips is a reserve defensive back.
Britt and Clarke are seniors at North Carolina, leaving Ross and Rene subject to suspension in North Carolina's 2019 season opener against South Carolina on Aug. 31 in Charlotte. Each school will determine whether the players sit out the first or second half.

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BC football lands school-record 13 players on All-ACC squad, including four first-teamers - The Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com; Staff)

Boston College had a school-record 13 football players earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors, the league announced Monday, with four Eagles recognized as first-team selections, which was the most in school history as well. The 13 All-ACC selections broke BC’s school-best mark of nine set in 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2017. Leading the way was sophomore running back AJ Dillon, who collected All-ACC first-team honors for the second consecutive season. Meanwhile, senior offensive guard Chris Lindstrom, graduate student tight end Tommy Sweeney and junior cornerback Hamp Cheevers all earned All-ACC first-team accolades for the first time. Senior defensive lineman Zach Allen and senior return specialist Michael Walker were All-ACC second-team selections for the first time. Named to the All-ACC third-team for the first time were senior offensive tackle Aaron Monteiro, senior defensive end Wyatt Ray, graduate student linebacker Connor Strachan, senior defensive tackle Ray Smith and senior strong safety Will Harris. Graduate student center Jon Baker and sophomore offensive tackle Ben Petrula were named All-ACC honorable mention

Pitt football shut out of first-team All-ACC honors for first time (post-gazette.com; Batko)

Despite being in one respect an ACC football champion for the 2018 season, Pitt didn’t land a champion’s lot of honorees on the all-conference team.

The Panthers were shut out completely from the All-ACC first team, but had two players selected for the second team at their positions in senior left tackle Stefano Millin and senior tailback Qadree Ollison. Ollison’s backfield classmate Darrin Hall, senior guard Mike Herndon, sophomore center Jimmy Morrissey and sophomore kicker Alex Kessman were selected to the third team. Along with Virginia Tech and North Carolina, Pitt was one of three teams that didn’t have any players make the top cut.

Pitt’s 16 nominees on the ballot were George Aston, Hall and Ollison at running back; Aston at tight end; Alex Bookser and Millin at offensive tackle; Connor Dintino and Herndon at offensive guard; Morrissey at center; Dewayne Hendrix and Rashad Weaver at defensive end; Shane Roy at defensive tackle; Oluwaseun Idowu at linebacker; Dane Jackson at cornerback; Damar Hamlin at safety; Kessman at kicker; and Maurice Ffrench at all-purpose player and specialist.

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Miami Hurricanes get snubbed by All-ACC football team (caneswarning.com; Rubenstein)

The Miami Hurricanes had the ACC’s second-ranked ranked scoring defense and were number one in several categories including first in total defense and against the run. Despite that only one UM player was named to the first-team All-ACC defense

Miami Hurricanes middle linebacker Shaq Quarterman was the only Canes player named to the ACC’sfirst-team defense. The biggest snub from the list was defensive tackle Gerald Willis who inexplicably was named to the ACC’s second-team defense.

Clemson’s star defensive tackle duo Christian Wilkins with 160 points and Dexter Lawrence with 137 were the ACC’s first-team defensive tackles. Wilkins had the second most points in the voting on the defense to his teammate defensive end Clelin Farrell who had 163.

Neither Wilkins or Lawrence had anywhere close to the season statistically that Willis did. Willis finished the 2018 regular season with 59 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He led the ACC in TFLs and finished tied for 21st in sacks.
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Louisville football places zero players on All-ACC teams (cardchronicle.com; Rutherford)

The ACC announced its all-conference football teams for the 2018 season on Monday, and Louisville was the only team to not place a single player on the First, Second or Third teams, or to have a player who was on the honorable mention list.

Blanton Creque and Mason King should be upset.




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Syracuse bald eagles are indicators of healthy local environment (DO; Morrisey)


A new trail plan around Onondaga Lake has some people worriedabout the well-being of bald eagles that reside in the area. And, 30 years ago with a polluted lake, and nationally low eagle populations, even having eagles to protect was a fantasy.

Bald eagles have been important to the United States since 1782 when they were declared the national symbol. But by 1963 there was only one pair of nesting eagles left in the entire state of New York.

The tangible impact of environmental consciousness rescued eagles from extinction. By 2014, the number of nesting pairs of bald eagles in America was 5,000, and that number is on an upward trend.

The success of the lake cleanup is not unrelated to the growth of the eagle population. In fact, in the Great Lakes bald eagles have historically been used as a bio-indicator of water quality.

The local concern for nature, and the growth of the Syracuse eagle population, is a sign of overall interest in the environment health of central New York.

It’s understandable that there’s worries about the success of local eagles, but the trail plan won’t pose a threat to them.

SUNY-ESF Professor Shannon Farrell, who has spent time studying the birds with her students, said the area near the trail is already highly developed. Eagles are hunting and foraging near roads with cars on them, so the impact of human foot traffic on a lake trail is unlikely to drastically affect the birds. Her view is shared by eagle expert Tom Wittig.

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