Tuesday, November 01, 2005

This is my deal here, Wade.

Just when I think commissioner John Swofford couldn't possibly be a greater embarrassment to the ACC he uncorks another Jerry Lundegaard moment in today's Washington Post. When asked about the possibility that the ACC will be unable to fill its six bowl tie-ins for the first time in league history he had this to say:

"I'll be surprised if we don't have six, but that could happen," Swofford said. "To be going into November with 11 teams having a shot at bowl eligibility is I think a real positive thing. . . . It keeps fans interested deeper into the season and it keeps a carrot out there in front of the players and coaches in terms of postseason possibilities. The longer that goes, I think the better it is for the league."

Three of those teams that have a shot at a bowl bid have losing records at the moment and the team that has the best record outside the top 4 is a very mediocre Georgia Tech team that stands at 5-2. Given that GT has to travel to Virginia, Miami and play Georgia with a healthy DJ Shockley they could easily limp into the bowl season with a 6-5 record. Realistically most of the teams that would qualify would squeak in with a 6-5 record and that is based on more than a few games against Temple, Southern Miss and their ilk. Not very impressive. North Carolina is the only "bubble" team that doesn't bolster its bowl case with a I-A cupcake. If the ACC fails to fill it's bowl allotment it would be a colossal embarrassment for the expansion proponents. ACC fans should get used to it too because it won't be the last time this happens. In the years past a balanced schedule would ensure that the best teams came out on top and filled the league bowl spots, now that isn't possible. How is it that a move that was supposed to make the ACC preeminent in football would find the ACC sweating to fill six measly bowl bids in its first full season? Having 11 mediocre to bad football teams with the possibility of getting some meaningless bowl bids isn't a sign of progress. It is amazing how little intelligence runs this multimillion dollar business called the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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