As we noted last week, followers and non-followers of this blog can now get weekly updates of the blog entries. Well, here is the first such entry:
If you are a fan of college football, then you are at least slightly interested in how players from your favorite school fare in the NFL. Perhaps you are even a big fan of the NFL too. Did you know which schools have placed the most players in the NFL Hall of Fame?
Here is the top 10 list, as per the best source we have–the NFL Hall of Fame itself:
- Southern California (11)
- Notre Dame (10)
- Ohio State (9)
- Michigan (8) & Pittsburgh (8)
- Alabama (7) & Syracuse (7)
- Illinois (6), Miami – Florida (6), Penn State (6), Oregon (6) and Minnesota (6)
That’s right. Miami, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame.
Not Florida State, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. You do not see the Big 10′s Wisconsin, Michigan State, Maryland, Rutgers, or Nebraska. You do not see the SEC’s Florida, Auburn, Georgia, or L.S.U. You do not even see the Big XII’s Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, or even Texas.
Just recent additions to the ACC, courtesy of the now-destroyed Big East.
Recently, the ACC had a very good NFL draft in 2013. Looking backward, who are the Hall of Famers, by school, from the ACC? Here you go:
- Boston College (2): Art Donovan, Ernie Stautner
- Clemson (0)
- Duke (3): Sonny Jurgensen , George McAfee , Clarence (Ace) Parker
- Florida State (2): Fred Biletnikoff , Deion Sanders
- Georgia Tech (2): Joe Guyon, Billy Shaw
- Louisville (1): Johnny Unitas
- Maryland (2): Stan Jones , Randy White
- Miami (6): Ted Hendricks , Michael Irvin , Jim Kelly , Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto , Warren Sapp
- North Carolina (2): Chris Hanburger , Lawrence Taylor
- North Carolina State (0)
- Notre Dame (10): Nick Buoniconti , Dave Casper , George Connor, Paul Hornung , Earl (Curly) Lambeau , John (Blood) McNally, Wayne Millner , Joe Montana , Alan Page , George Trafton
- Pittsburgh (8): Mike Ditka , Chris Doleman , Tony Dorsett , Russ Grimm , Rickey Jackson , Dan Marino , Curtis Martin , Joe Schmidt
- Syracuse (7): Jim Brown , Larry Csonka , Al Davis, Floyd Little , John Mackey , Art Monk , Jim Ringo
- Virginia (3): Bill Dudley , Henry Jordan , Ralph Wilson, Jr.
- Virginia Tech (1): Bruce Smith
- Wake Forest (1): Bill George
So there you have it. The ACC has put quite a few people into the NFL Hall of Fame, led mostly by teams that are new to the ACC fold.
By the way, who has been to Canton? Did you like the NFL Hall of Fame or find it disappointing?
For all those Cardinals fans who look at the upcoming football schedule and yawns, you should take the opportunity to take a breath. When Louisville joins the ACC in 2014 the football schedule is going to be unbelievable. While the 2013 schedule lacks the marquee names the 2014 schedule and beyond are full of them.
By now, we have all heard that Johns Hopkins is going to the Big 10. Some folks are really happy, such as the Frank the Tank faithful. As they should be. As a preface, there should be no illusion that this is a disaster for the ACC. This is not the conference apocalypse. There should not be any wailing and gnashing of teeth.
But it is kind of bad news, right?
Here is why.
The regionals are complete and now its on to the super regionals. This is the last stop before Omaha and the College World Series. So far there hasn’t been any real surprises this year, aka Kent State last year. There has been only two upsets with the biggest being Oregon, who was the #8 national seed, being knocked out by Rice. The other is Virginia Tech being knocked out by Oklahoma. Top national seed North Carolina was taken to extra innings by Fla Atlantic in an elimination game but other than that it has been chalk.
The ACC will have their four remaining teams play host in the super regionals while Louisville, a future ACC member, has also earned a spot. The SEC also has four teams remaining but only two of them will be hosting. The Big 12 and the Pac 12 each has two teams remaining. The next round of games will be a beast of three series which will run from Friday, June 7 until Monday, June 10.
Here is a run down on the super regionals.
ESPN is reporting, and it now seems all over the Internet, that Johns Hopkins will be joining the Big 10 as an associate member. The Confidential had advocated for JHU to join, so this is a disappointment. Props to the Big 10 for getting it done. This is a win-win for both the B1G and JHU.
For 2015, the Big 10 lacrosse teams will be JHU, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers. That is a reasonable conference membership. Not the uber-conference that the ACC would have been with JHU, but good enough. And it might be better for lacrosse as a whole for this relationship to move forward.
This leaves a dilemma for the ACC. Where do they go for the 6th conference member? Do they even need one? Let us know what you think.
Trying to catch up on a few things after the fine Syracuse run through the NCAA lax tournament. Getting crushed at the faceoff x was bound to catch up. This Syracuse team overachieved all season and almost pulled off another National Championship.
The Atlantic Coast Confidential understands that not everyone wants to be an official “follower,” which entitles you to receive an email every time there is a new blog entry.
As such, the Confidential is creating a mailing list for semi-followers, who will receive a weekly email with links to all of the various blog entries of the past week. This is a happy medium. Actually, some of our existing followers may want to sign-up anyway, just to make sure that they did not miss a great blog post.
If you are interested in signing up, please do so in the upper, right-hand corner of this page: http://www.mysharedpage.com/acc-sports-weekly. You’ll have to confirm the sign-up. Check your SPAM folder if you do not receive promptly.
Of course, if you ever want to be removed from the list [i.e. if your team joins the Big 10 (sad emoticon) or gets the Temple treatment (smiley face)], just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interestingly, for this post, we thought it would be neat to note the most popular blog entries from the past week:
This satirical post dominated the readership this past week. Correspondent: Matt Caffrey
A general criticism of the entire Rutgers, athletic director issue. Not a banner week for Rutgers.
The third most popular blog entry of the week was this tongue-in-cheek look at the American’s new logo.
Thanks to everyone who helped make these, and other blog entries, popular on the Internet.
The recent records speak for themselves. The Boston College Eagles have been terrible lately. But ACC fans should not necessarily conclude that Boston College is not carrying its weight. In fact, Boston College has more than carried its weight since joining the ACC 10 years ago.
First, the ugly. The last few seasons for Boston College have been terrible. Charles Barkley-esque “turrible.” Just look at these recent records:
- 2012-2013 Basketball: 16-17
- 2012 Football: 2-10
- 2011-2012 Basketball: 9-22
- 2011 Football: 4-8
You do not need a calculator to understand that the Eagles have been awful.
But let’s not get carried away with Boston College’s recent woes. Did you know:
- Boston College has a winning record in football every year from 1999 to 2010?
- From 2001 to 2007, Boston College’s basketball team finished in first place in the ACC and Big East three times, and never finished below 5th place in either conference?
- That, as we recently noted, Boston College had the fifth best record of all ACC teams this past decade.
- That, as we also recently noted, Boston College had the sixth best football record of all ACC teams this past decade.
- Therefore, overall, Boston College has been the 5th best program in the ACC since joining, trailing only Florida State, Virginia Tech, Miami, and North Carolina in revenue sports performance.
- Boston College has appeared in more ACC football championship games (2), than Miami, NC State, UNC, Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest, and Maryland combined (1).
So, while Boston College has fallen on hard times, just think of where they were before this recent sports drought? In addition to opening up the Boston market to the ACC, the Eagles have more than held their own in the ACC. And all of this while on an extreme geographic island without traditional rivals (like Syracuse and Pitt).
There is nothing better than winning championships, especially in revenue sports like football and basketball. However if doing well in the Capital One Cup (not to be confused with the Capital One Bowl) is important to you (Hi, Big Ten fans) then ACC fans and Athletic Directors should be very pleased with the latest updated scores. Continue reading