Live from Tech: It’s a big day for the (getting bigger?) ACC

Is this an ACC rivalry in the making? (AP photo)

Is this a heated ACC rivalry in the making? (AP photo)

OK, it’s not so much a big day here. Georgia Tech plays Kansas. The Jackets should beat Kansas. They should’ve beaten Kansas a year ago. But I digress.

Look around the league. Clemson plays host to Auburn, which was ranked No. 1 in the land at the end of last season. Florida State plays host to Oklahoma, ranked No. 1 at the start of this season. Miami plays host to Ohio State, which has often been ranked No. 1 in both football and tattoos. Those are major tests for a league that hasn’t passed many major tests in a while.

I’d offer expert predictions on all three, but my expert predictions haven’t exactly been exact. I had Georgia winning its first two, as opposed to losing. I had the Falcons winning in Chicago, as opposed to getting whomped. I figure the Braves are a lock to make the playoffs and Derek Lowe goes out and yields six runs while recording seven outs. Yikes.

Also in the news, ACC-wise: My buddy — I hope he won’t mind me referring to him as such – Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports that the league is in negotiations with Syracuse and Pittsburgh, two Big East pillars. And a buddy who works in Kansas — who knew I was Mr. Popularity, huh? — just told me the latest rumor in Lawrence is that the ACC wants not just Texas but Kansas, too. So today’s game at the Flats could be a preview of the 2012 ACC title tilt!

OK, enough. Here’s the one prediction I will venture. Tech beats KU. And I’m never wrong. Except when I am.

And with that, the floor is again open for questions, comments and thoughts on conference expansion. (Southern Cal to the Colonial? Makes sense to me!) Join me for today’s color and pageantry, won’t you? And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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mmgtfan

September 17th, 2011
11:59 am

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:00 pm

Kudos once more to the intrepid mmgtfan.

GTFan478

September 17th, 2011
12:06 pm

Hey Mark, how likely do you think it is that all four of those schools actually join the ACC?

grrrlzilla

September 17th, 2011
12:08 pm

howdy hi sir. looking forward to a year-overdue stinging. think the ACC will lose FSU or will the possible additions make them more likely to stay put?

fuzzybee

September 17th, 2011
12:09 pm

First let me point out that Texas is not anywhere near the Atlantic Coast but then again Texas is not all that near the Pacific either.

Why would the ACC want those schools?
Texas I get – huge market, great school, geography notwithstanding.
Syracuse and Pitt, great tradition, good schools. Brings in some more Northeast market.
Kansas brings a great basketball program but doesn’t rank in anything else unless you count average weight of their students.

GTFan478

September 17th, 2011
12:14 pm

@ fuzzybee why wouldn’t you want any of those schools. Texas is self explanatory and ku Cuse and Pitt are for b-ball reasons. If the ACC adds KU and Cuse then it goes back to being the beat b-ball conference in America again. Who cares if we have to change the name of the conference. Its for the best.

Realist

September 17th, 2011
12:15 pm

Bark Madley the Dawg homer!

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:18 pm

I think Pitt and Syracuse could be in the ACC by this time tomorrow. Texas and Kansas, I don’t know.

Sonny Clusters

September 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

Is Derek Lowe at the game? He got off early last night and we figured he must have some place to go. We was hoping he might keep going before the Braves blow the wild card. That was some uninspired pitching last night. Speaking of Georgie Tech (Bobby Dodd talk) we was wondering if everybody in the East Stands was doing okay today? Good to keep an ambulance or two close by with all that excitement.

Simon Bar Sinister

September 17th, 2011
12:22 pm

The big money is in football, not basketball, and this is all about money.

fuzzybee

September 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

We should rebuild the ACC b-ball reputation by actually fielding good teams. With Hewitt gone, maybe Tech will start doing that.

As for bringing in more schools, I understand the reality of TV markets and the shifting landscape of college athletics but bigger is not always better. The ACC must decide what it wants to be and recruit schools that have the same principles. I personally believe they should stand for quality in academics and athletics, sort of halfway between the Ivy League and the SEC.

It should NOT try to become another SEC for which the purpose of the universities seem to be fielding the best football team regardless of the character of the coach or athlete. And yes, I know Georgia Tech was recently penalized by the NCAA for cheating, a fact that cost GTAA my contribution this year.

Delbert D.

September 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Kansas has the academic reputation as well as roundball. They are members of the elite Association of Americsn Universities, as is Texas. Syracuse and Pitt would provide companionship to BC up in the north.

fuzzybee

September 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

Bigger is not always better. The ACC needs to decide what it stands for and recruit schools that share that philosophy. Personally, I think the ACC should be about quality academics and athletics, sort of halfway between the Ivy League and the SEC.

They should NOT try to become another SEC where the entire purpose of the “university” is to field the best football team regardless of the character of the athletes or coaches. And yes I know that GT was just penalized by the NCAA, a fact that cost the GTAA my contribution this year.

Hank

September 17th, 2011
12:30 pm

With the recently approved exit from the ACC fee of $20,000,000 plus, i dont think any current members will be leaving.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:33 pm

Sonny Clusters with a barb toward Tech fans! (Not to confused with Barbara Dooley.)

[...] colleague Mark Bradley is at the game, dressed sharply as always. I’ll be on his blog. I hope you’ll stop [...]

Tokyo jacket

September 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

I knew Syracuse and Pitt would be in the ACC. It’s too obvious of a fit. Both Top 100 schools. Both have football history and are routinely powerful in basketball. All hail the mighty ACC! Both bring something the ACC desperately needs – large fan bases.

macrotech

September 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

Let’s DO this!!!

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

I’ll say this: If the ACC lands Syracuse, Pitt, Texas and Kansas, Brian Gregory’s job gets tougher by about 4,000 percent.

Ken Sugiura

September 17th, 2011
12:36 pm

East upper stands about 40 percent filled. north upper deck maybe 25 percent. i’m guessing attendance will be 42K.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:38 pm

Thanks to esteemed colleague Ken Sugiura for his crowd estimate. Thanks also for him referring to me as “sharply dressed.”

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:39 pm

KU wins toss, takes the ball. Statement!

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:42 pm

Statement not made: KU gets one first down and punts.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:43 pm

Tech scores. First play. 95 yards. Orwin Smith.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:45 pm

I’m thinking that’s a rather impressive start.

Matt from MN

September 17th, 2011
12:45 pm

Whoa…now THAT is the way you start a game!! Holy Mackerel.

19

September 17th, 2011
12:46 pm

WOW! Go Jackets!!!

Matt from MN

September 17th, 2011
12:47 pm

Me thinks that the Jackets will be scoring more points than last years debacle in Kansas.

GTSteve

September 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

Is that 3 weeks in a row scoring on the first play from scrimmage? I know Tech scored last week on the first play and I think they did in the first game.

Jack G.

September 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

Kansas is on a par awith MTSU. Score should be about the same.

Ken Sugiura

September 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

steve you’re right. sixth play of 70 yards or more

grrrlzilla

September 17th, 2011
12:49 pm

Consecutive games with a TD on the first play from scrimmage….what’s the record on that?

Innocent Bystander

September 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

Three straight weeks scoring a TD on first offensive play. Gotta be some sort of record, right?

GTNupe

September 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

It’s not right. ESPN3 blocked the game out and I am in the Virgin Islands.

ground_fog

September 17th, 2011
12:51 pm

I think Tech is going to surprise some people this year. His players may not be the best, but I feel he is rarely outcoached. Great gameday adjustor

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:52 pm

Jayhawks inside the 20.

Inside the 10 now.

ground_fog

September 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

I wish some of this explosiveness could rub off on the Falcons lol

GTFan478

September 17th, 2011
12:53 pm

Isnt this the second time Tech has set the longest run for a td record under PJ.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
12:54 pm

Kansas touchdown. Should have been tackled for no gain. Instead it’s a 10-yard touchdown.

Ken Sugiura

September 17th, 2011
12:54 pm

two missed tackles on td run.

ground_fog

September 17th, 2011
12:54 pm

Terrible tackling there..sheesh..looks like the Falcons last Sunday..that wasn’t what I was thinking

Gtjohn

September 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

Kansas is much better than MTSU

19

September 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

wow again, for the wrong reason. Got tackling? Go Jackets! Tackle somebody!

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
1:00 pm

Orwin Smith tops 100 yards — on two carries.

That would seem the minimum number of carries to top 100 yards.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 17th, 2011
1:03 pm

Man hates to punt….Sims missed a block on the pass play

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

Tech downs punt at the 3. Washington sack stopped the last drive.

Ken Sugiura

September 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

incredible play by jemea thomas. i don’t think i’ve ever seen a play like that before

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
1:06 pm

I have. But I’m old as heck. I’ve seen everything.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
1:09 pm

GT with the ball, starting at the KU 44. Touchdown in three plays, I’m calling.

Mark Bradley

September 17th, 2011
1:09 pm

First play: Roddy Jones to the 11.