From time to time I'll engage my fellow ACC bloggers and participate in a roundtable question and answer. Brendan From Old Virginia is hosting the first discussion. He'll include my answers in with everyone else's and I'll let y'all know when it's up on his site. Let's get cultured people...
1. At UVA we have made wholesale changes to everything this past offseason: the coaching staff, the offense, the defense, the uniforms, even the color of the equipment shed. What change or changes on your own team are you most looking forward to watching play out on the field this season?
Even though the philosophy hasn't changed, the offensive line will finally have of a full two-deep of rangy, athletic linemen with good feet to best execute Curt Newsome's blocking schemes. Hopefully that means we'll have an effective offensive line for the entire season, something the offense has been lacking for quite sometime.
2. Who is the next ACC coach to get fired, and when? And if you think that's your own coach, who would you like to see replace him?
I'd really like to go balls to the wall and answer Butch Davis, tomorrow. But, I'll take the safe bet of Tom O'Brien at the end of the season. The Wolfpack is looking at a 5 win season, and I'm being optimistic. Missing a bowl will be reason enough for new athletic director Debbie Yow to hire her own coach.
3. How excited are you about your team's out-of-conferece lineup this year? How would you grade your program overall when it comes to scheduling OOC games?
Our game against Boise State is arguably the best non-conference game of the season. Because of the off season long buildup, I've never been more pumped for a game. Still, after playing Alabama and Nebraska last year the entire non-conference lineup as a whole is a letdown. Over the years I think we've done a phenomenal job at scheduling marque games against other elite programs.
4. What one player on your schedule (not in the ACC overall - your team's schedule only, and it doesn't have to be ACC) are you most worried will cause you pain and grief this year?
Kellen Moore exploiting of our inexperienced secondary concerns me.
5. Conversely, provide us a little bulletin board material. Which team on your calendar are you absolutely positive that not only will you stomp their guts to China, but you'll gain the warmest, fuzziest feeling of immense satisfaction out of doing it?
I have the most confidence in us thrashing JMU. But beating up a I-AA team isn't worthy of song and story, because everyone does it. Except UVa, and well, I'm going to be grinning ear-to-ear when airmail their ass back to Hong Kong.
6. It's been a loony offseason in the conference membership department, but the ACC sat out this round. Do you think the ACC is set at 12 teams for the long term? If not, which team(s) is/are most likely to be added, and which would you like to see?
It all depends on what the other other conferences do. But I believe the super conferences will eventually come about and the ACC will have to expand to keep up with the arms race. The most likely teams to come to the ACC will be the desperate ones, in other words the picked over ones left in the Big East. If it were up to me, I'd be proactive and add Syracuse and Uconn now and do a north/south divisional split.
7. Standard question for the finish: a) What do you expect out of your team, b) What kind of season would keep you content and happy, c) What kind of season would be a disappointment?
a) 10-2 ACC Championship
b) 10-2 BCS at Large
c) Anything less than ten wins