The Confidential had some fun yesterday at the expense of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but today it is back to the uber-serious ACC news. Here is what is going on in the ACC for August 10, 2012:
- Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips plans to retire.
Well, everyone plans to retire (except for 40% of transition baby boomers). The real news here is that Phillips plans to do so soon–specifically, at the end of his term in July 2013. So now Clemson must find a brand new A.D. Or at least one that is less than retirement age. Clemson President James F. Barker indicated that a national search for a replacement will be launched this fall, with the hopes of having a successor in place before Phillips’ contract ends. Barker also had a slew of positive things to say about Phillips. It is butt-kissing, funeral-quality stuff, so go read the ESPN article to get the flavor.
- If you are an ACC school, or plan to be in 2013, chances are you are after an offensive lineman from Rochester, New York, named Alex Officer.
Actually, this was reported in ESPN’s “rumors” section, with a link to a Scout.com website that the Confidential is not yet “liquid” enough to subscribe too. The upshot is that Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Virginia Tech are already after this guy. Not sure where Randy Edsall is on this one.
- A cbssports.com journalist type person has done some ACC projections and is projecting… get this… Virginia Tech and Florida State to win their respective divisions.
This article also goes way out on a limb in projecting Duke and Wake Forest to be in the cellar of their respective divisions.