ACC needs to revamp approach

We're less than 24 hours removed from the ACC Football Kickoff and the biggest news from this year's event revolves around an SEC player.

During Monday morning's officiating media opportunity, ACC officiating coordinator Doug Rhoads said he would have ejected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for his hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl.

That was the biggest bit of news that made its way out of Greensboro's Grandover Resort after the two-day event. In fact, that's just about the only bit of news to make it out of the Grandover this year.

Go figure.

Had Tajh Boyd not carried the thing on Sunday and Dabo Swinney joked about the President attending the Georgia game during his rounds on Monday, it would have been yet another boring Football Kickoff for the ACC.

The usually quotable pair of Boyd and Swinney upgraded this year's event to ho-hum.

In the day and age where pomp and circumstance tend to get lots of attention, boring shouldn't be the norm, not for a conference that desperately needs some attention during football season.

While there is a great degree of truth to John Swofford's annual call for the league's members to beat its foes from the SEC, Big 12, Big 10 and Pac 12, there's a much easier way for ACC football to gain some national.

It starts with revamping the Kickoff.

First, don't start the event on a Sunday, the day that's reserved for a number of things -- hangovers, church, the NFL, golf and/or NASCAR. College football does not have a place on Sundays. Never has. Never will.

Second, pick up the phone, call the other conferences and ask one question: ‘When are y'all doing your media days?' It's kind of silly to let the ACC's Football Kickoff conflict with another conference's media days.

Third, change ACC Football Kickoff to ACC Media Days. No need to be cute, see: College Football Playoff.

Fourth, put the thing in Charlotte or Atlanta. The ESPNU studios are in Charlotte. And Atlanta is the capitol of the South. Plus, both have major airports that would make travel for national media folks much more manageable. Sure, the Grandover is a really nice place and visiting Pinehurst is always a treat, but most of the media-types are there for business, not pleasure.

So there you have it, a four-point plan to help the ACC get some love, and its members don't even have to run the risk of losing on the field. Top Stories