Well, it was a fun first day here at the Grandover Resort, on the fringes of G-town, one of my old stomping grounds.
The day started with John Swofford giving his state of the ACC speech, followed by two players from each team sitting through a gauntlet of questions that have been asked and answered many times. But, we gotta ask, and they are gracious to answer.
Of course, leave it to Al Groh to bring two players on offense to the shindig. Vic Hall is listed as a quarterback/corner back, but I doubt Hall ever gets a pass thrown his way this season.
A few notes from today, a few answers to your questions and another clarification about ajc.com.
Swofford was asked many times about the future of the BCS. He said it’s locked in for now because of TV contracts. The biggest difference between issues that some had with the BCS this year, as opposed to those in the past, is that this year’s protest came from within the member conferences (Mountain West). I guess he forgot about Dr. Charles Adams’ proposal last year.
The other interesting news came from a question about the financial disparity that exists between the ACC and the SEC, which recently signed a billion dollar TV contract.
Swofford said there have always been disparities, and that the schools always do the best with what they have. The ACC’s contracts for football and television both come up in two years, and that the conference i busy talking with their current partners, Raycom, ABC and ESPN. However, they are looking at models that exist all over the country, from starting their own network to, well, who knows?
He did say that he always prefer to have more than less.
You’ll hopefully read the notebook in tomorrow’s paper, in which Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor said he thinks he’s picked up a key to figuring out what Georgia Tech will do on offense, just by reading the blocking schemes. I’m not sure how that’s possible, considering Tech lines up in the same formation just about every time. He may have been referring to what happens as soon as the ball is snapped.
Jonathan Dwyer said he hopes to get to play some A-back this year. He said he and CPJ have talked about it trying to get him into the open field to catch passes, which probably just sent a shudder down the spines of cornerbacks and safeties throughout the ACC.
To clarify the purpose of the Junkyard Blog: it is what is called a fan’s blog. It’s the only responsibility that Bill King has at the paper, which is why he updates it so frequently. I have responsibilities for print, the medium that pays the bills, as well as online. Because there hasn’t been as much going on, I haven’t been writing as much for ajc.com. That’ll change soon, as I’ve said many times.
There was a lot being made of the life-size posters of C.J. Spiller that Clemson’s athletics department brought with them. They are supposed to help promote Spiller’s chances of winning the Heisman. Personally, I haven’t heard anyone include Spiller in the mix, but I guess that’s what the posters are for.
But, here’s the good news from today: no controversy on who was voted first-team, and no questions about sexual history, a la what happened at the SEC’s media days.
And, for the record, I am not allowed to vote for first-team or preseason picks. So, I have nothing to tell you about that.