ACC Commissioner is retiring next year

I'm just glad he's leaving. Who do we want to see fill his shoes?

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Well here is the job I think Whit would leave for. But it's been long past due Swofford moves on. Maybe the ACC can be an innovator instead of always behind.

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The potential for Whit leaving was my first thought. I think he'd do a great job, but I'm not ready to lose him.

Yeah but maybe there are possibilities here by having a Hokie on the executive floor at the ACC.

New rules-
1. ACC championship game hosted by Blacksburg indefinitely.
2. If your university name rhymes with "Per Gin Ya Heck" no noon games. Ever.
3. "Stick it In" is now the official ACC fight song, and it is to be sung at all contests and media events. By everybody.
4. Once a recruit reaches 800% in his or her verbal committment, they are binded by law to sign an NLI.
5. All conference universities shall allow their mascots to sign one day likeness and image contracts once per year. That day will be Thanksgiving day.

Leonard. Duh.

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Yeah, I'd let her bound me.

I was gonna say it seems like that would be a little strange to have a biased Commissioner but then I remembered Swofford was an alumni AND former AD of UNC.

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Was overjoyed for about 5 seconds before I remembered Whit might be the #1 candidate to take over.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

FWIW I have long heard Whit is on the short list for ACC Commish when it was time to find a new one

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Who else is on that list?

Good. VT needs to install a puppet regime in Greensboro, to advance our interests above all others.

If W.B. isn't up to it, then I am.

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If that means finally focusing on football revenue first and foremost over the round ball, sign me up. Although Whit strikes me as more of an all-sports guy, not necessarily football-centric.

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Happiness quickly followed by concern that Whit may be top option...

I'm fine with Whit doing it. I'm sure he'll be involved in the search for his replacement at VT and I'm sort of okay with that. Plus, it'll just be nice not having a biased-AF tarheel schmuck influencing everything in the future

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

Thank god and good riddance.

ACC Commissioner Chad Swofford

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ACC Co-commissioners Frank Beamer and Bud Foster.

Love Whit, but I don't know where he could do more for VT - as ACC commish or VT AD.

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Thank god. Our Mountain West level TV deal and absolute shit bowl lineup are his parting gifts, thanks.

In case anyone is unaware or unconvinced of how bad our TV deal, here's data from Navigate, a data driven consulting firm:

In ten years, the delta between the ACC TV deal and the B10 TV deal is expected to double from ~$20m/year/team to ~$40m/year/team. Unless our donors step up in a big way, this is going to be a big problem for us.

The key here is that estimates do NOT reflect any strategic changes. Examples of Strategic changes that could drive revenue include:

  • Getting ND to join the league full time
  • VT, Miami, FSU, and Clemson can all be competitive for the next few years, that will provide the ACC more leverage
  • Being creative with streaming rights and offerings

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Not to get off topic, but...

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New CFP Agreement in 2026 with expansion to 8 teams???

"It's always great to beat UVA, that makes us all smarter and better looking for a couple days".

Most people believe we'll go to the 8 team once the current contract is up.

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that becomes a 5 team playoff... 2 SEC spots locked and ND if they win 9 games... not much different than now

Pull Duke and UNC hoops off the table until they pay us fairly. You don't get that game- period. We will stream it from Charlotte in Packer's basement PPV only. Use what little leverage you have. Those 2 games are the highest rated regular season hoops games anywhere.

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I hope his retirement letter said: "I officially retire from my position - F*** This S***!"

Seriously though, happy retirement, but I hope we get a more forward-thinking and innovative mind behind the wheel of the ACC and not just another Carolina mafia lackey. This conference needs to follow the SEC and BIG's lead and not get left in the dust and at the bottom of conference revenues. Frankly, Swofford has cost ACC schools millions with the 10-year late ACC network and awful Raycom deal. It's time to change things up.

If Whit is a top candidate for the job, honestly I think he would be a great fit and could hopefully initiate some real change in the ACC. I'm confident we could find another very capable AD to continue the work he has started. Wouldn't want to lose him, but I think he could accomplish some great things for the league.

I respect his decision.

(For the first time.)

This is a decommitment I think we can all be happy about.

I accept it.

I don't respect it, because he was allowed to make the decision on his own accord. Should have been shit canned years and years ago.

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Don't look a gif horse in the mouth.

Is anybody really doubting that they aren't just going to select either the UNC or Duke AD?

Yes, the ACC absolutely needs a Commish named Bubba

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Before everyone gets irrationally exuberant, just remember the 2020-21 season will be his last. He still has plenty of time to stick it to the conference before he leaves.

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You think John Swofford is going to put forth the effort to give his beer to someone and top what he has done in his previous 23 years?? ...You're probably right.

acc college presidents should transfer him to a made up position that sounds appreciative and appoint an interim commissioner effective immediately

He will always be known for his numerous accomplishments as ACC commish. Such as: keeping Raycom afloat years after it should have scuttled. And... um... making UNC football the second team ever jump man football team?

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Everyone keeps forgetting the one part of the Raycom deal that just puts a bullseye on how completely corrupt a Commissioner Swofford was.

The person who was in charge of negotiating this deal on Raycom's end, the Director of New Media & Marketing for the firm that was actively negotiating with the ACC regarding this deal, who also happened to be employed within the Boston College Athletic Department at the time of their invitation to the league?

Chad Swofford, son of ACC Commissioner, John Swofford.

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Complete corruption and total malfeasance on the commissioner's part. BC has essentially been a turd for the ACC and Raycom cost ACC teams millions in payouts over the years.

Aside from the Carolina bias, he has been an awful commissioner who was too slow to react to change and left the ACC handicapped in the TV arms race. I have wanted him gone for a decade.

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Good riddance to bad rubbish

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

breaks my heart

(...is /s even necessary?)

Good riddance, but five will get you ten that the carolina mafia will never let an outsider take over as ACC commish, especially not one from VT. It may not be Chad Swofford (bletch!), but you can bet your ass it'll be some good 'ole boy from the same social circle.

Unfortunately for us, this is a lose-lose proposition. Either I'm wrong, and we lose Whit, or I'm right, and we're stuck with Swofford 2.0, cementing the ACC's place as the kid at the adults' table.

I hope I have to come back to this thread and take my beating for being 100% wrong.

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Swofford 2.0, cementing the ACC's place as the kid at the adults' table. at the kid's table when the rest of P5 breaks away.

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You hate to see it.

Two weeks from now, "Whit Babcock decommits from Virginia Tech".

"We got big dogged"
"He was going to get passed on the depth chart"
"Fuente can't recruit"

"Sands can't recruit"

FTFY

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What if they offer the position to Krzyzewski? One of the tobacco road crew, but it would eliminate a real thorn in everyone's (basketball) side.

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Not happening. Conferences aren't hiring someone without any business experience. Plus, I think Coach K is approaching semi-senile territory.

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Man this post has made me equal parts excited and equal parts blood boiling thinking about how much Swofford and the ACC powers that be have screwed the schools over for years. ACC leadership has been living in the pre-expansion glory days when they were an 8-team basketball league with a few national contenders but mostly a regional Tobacco Road appeal. Football in the last 15-20 years has driven the bus in D1 sports revenue. The unwillingness of the conference to have any business savvy and be innovative in following the money is laughable. The ACC is still such a small minded Tobacco Road, country club league. We desperately need a new commissioner who will get better tv deals for us (even if that means parting with ESPN) and finding creative scheduling solutions to get our best football brands playing each other more often. Football can't play second fiddle to basketball anymore, unless we want to go the way of the Big East.

I think the biggest problem was the expansion at first football orientated. The addition of Boston College didn't make sense because that made them far flung institution in the ACC. Then later the focus shifted to basketball orientation with the addition of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Notre Dame.

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Adding Miami and VT to continue that Big East rivalry (which at the time was consistently a top ranked matchup) was a net positive for the league. But the conference just thought they could milk the FSU-Miami rivalry for all it was worth and be considered a top football conference. Having those teams in opposite divisions and the conference championship game in Florida the first five years tells you all you need to know. Adding BC did nothing to move the needle other than giving us a 12th team, and adding Pitt and Syracuse were horrible moves for the league, IMO, and diluted both football and basketball play. Now teams in opposite football divisions go many, many years without ever playing each other. That just can't happen. We need more Clemson/VT, Clemson/Miami, FSU/VT, etc. games as part of our football schedule each year.

Someone else can dig this up to confirm, but I'm pretty sure we've played Clemson more than FSU, and Louisville. Hell, we haven't even played Louisville. I'm pretty sure WF got rotated through more than FSU, too.

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Over 16 seasons in the ACC (2004-2019), here's how many times we've matched up against Atlantic teams:

BC - 17 times (2 ACCCG games)
Clemson - 7 times. 2 ACCCG games, 3 home, 2 away.
FSU - 6 times. 2 each home, away, and ACCCG.
WF - 6 times, all regular season. 4 away, 2 home.
NC State - 5 times
Maryland - 5 times
Syracuse - 1 time
Louisville - 0 times

I think we got WF more because 2004 was just a strange year that they forced extra teams into the ACC (remember, 11 teams for 8 conference games for just one year), and they didn't develop a cross-divisional rotation until BC joined in 2005. The addition of Pitt and Syracuse (along with some crying from Miami) screwed up the cross-divisional rotation in 2013.

I didn't realize we have played at WF 4 times to the 2 times they have played at Lane. That seems a bit skewed.

I remember some commentary around the game in 2010 about how the various scheduling quirks made that the first WF game at Lane.

I think it's just one of those things that just happened as schedules had to be adjusted for various requirements. Probably a case of balancing out home and away games, especially as they were establishing the cross-divisional rotations.

That 2010 game was so much fun to watch. TT leading the offense and putting up a cool 49 points before halftime was amazing.

Adding Miami and VT to continue that Big East rivalry (which at the time was consistently a top ranked matchup) was a net positive for the league.

We are in agreement.

But the conference just thought they could milk the FSU-Miami rivalry for all it was worth and be considered a top football conference. Having those teams in opposite divisions and the conference championship game in Florida the first five years tells you all you need to know.

Very astute observation and I think the conference were shocked when the shoes dropped and VT ran roughshod in the first 5 years after joining the league. It helped that FSU and Miami tanked around the time VT clinched the first ACC champions. The move of the championship game to Charlotte was a better move, but I think a stronger move that's more, er, geographically balanced would be either D.C. or Baltimore. Both have the infrastructure in place to support ACC fans and host championship on a year to year basis.

Adding BC did nothing to move the needle other than giving us a 12th team, and adding Pitt and Syracuse were horrible moves for the league, IMO, and diluted both football and basketball play.

Boston College addition was the one move that made the least sense except in term of capturing the Boston market to air ACC games. I disagree on the addition of Pitts and Syracuse because both are strong basketball programs, and Pitts still is a tough team to match up. Syracuse seem to have a knack of pulling off upsets on a year to year basis in football, and like Duke, Syracuse has a coach that seem to be there forever.

Now teams in opposite football divisions go many, many years without ever playing each other. That just can't happen. We need more Clemson/VT, Clemson/Miami, FSU/VT, etc. games as part of our football schedule each year.

The scheduling part sucks, I agree. The ACC need to stop with this protected crossover rivalry nonsense. I am tired of playing Boston College. I want to play Clemson more. I want VT to play in Raleigh again and VT yet has to play the Louisville Cardinals for petey's sake! I think there is a need to rotate Atlantic and Coastal games so VT isn't playing the same damn Coastal teams every year but alternate so there's equal amount of Atlantic and Coastal division games.

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The move of the championship game to Charlotte was a better move, but I think a stronger move that's more, er, geographically balanced would be either D.C. or Baltimore.

Actually, measuring the distance between BC and Miami, Charlotte is about as close to the middle as you can get. If you're looking for a location that has the same number of ACC schools to the north as it does to the south, you would literally need to get on Tobacco Road and find a place in between the 4 NC schools.

I think there is a need to rotate Atlantic and Coastal games so VT isn't playing the same damn Coastal teams every year but alternate so there's equal amount of Atlantic and Coastal division games.

That's called getting rid of divisions and having the top two teams play in the ACCCG. If you have divisions but don't have all of the teams play, then you end up like the Big Ten during the 11-team years where they would have two or three teams that never played each other with the same record at the top of the standings. Heck, we already have the ACC Wheel of Destiny, now imagine that where we don't even have the full complement of tiebreakers. We'd never determine who could play in the ACCCG.

Remember that the ACC planned to add Miami, BC and Syracuse before we forced our way in. With Syracuse, BC made a more sense.

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