Yep, Ol' Swoffie has plenty of reasons to be living high on the hog up there in Tobacco Road country.
For starters, ACC basketball season kicked off in Charlotte on Wednesday morning. Syracuse and Pittsburgh have already been welcomed into the league for football, but their official addition to the ACC began at the annual b-ball media event, which, for whatever reason, is still called Operation Basketball.
And though hoops season is just a few short weeks away, there are some positive things going down on the gridiron. That's right. Priority No. 2 is, once again, showing signs of life, doing more good than harm.
It's like icing on the cake for the fine folks in the league office up there in Greensboro.
Three of the ACC's football teams are ranked in the Top 10 this week. All three are undefeated and playing in primetime this week.
No. 10 Miami [5-0] is facing off with Swofford's alma mater and previous employer on ESPN for the Thursday night soiree. Then, of course, there's Saturday's nationally televised matchup between No. 3 Clemson [6-0] and No. 5 Florida State [5-0].
Good times indeed around the ACC.
In addition to that trio of Top 10 teams, future ACC member Louisville checks in at No. 8. Plus, there's Virginia Tech at 19, making it a grand total of four current ACC members in the Top 25. Maryland would probably still be on the receiving end of a few Top 25 votes had Florida State not beaten the breaks off them two weeks ago.
But who care about them? They're the Big 10's problem next year, so no big deal, right?
Oh, speaking of that 63-0 shellacking in Tallahassee, that wasn't a good look for the league. That's probably territory that Swofford hopes to avoid this week, a one-sided game between two league teams that are both ranked in the Top 25.
Heck, he probably wants to avoid that every week, not just this one, if the good feelings on the football field are going to continue on into basketball season.
While it's certainly possible that previous allegiances might dictate otherwise, but Swofford should hope for Miami to walk away from Chapel Hill with win No. 6. After all, two undefeated teams inside the Top 10 will look better than one.
Let the good times roll.
Johnny Feel Good
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