AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (WTVD) — I’m not sure we learned 10 more things on the final day of the ACC Spring Meetings – but there were surely a few things worth mentioning from John Swofford’s media pow wow that wound things up.
1) National Titles in both of the major college sports. Having the champs in both football and basketball calling the ACC home is obviously a massive deal, something that’s only been accomplished 10 times all-time (three times by the ACC). Toss in returning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson at Louisville and ACC football, long a national punching bag landed a KO in 2016-17.
Because of No. 1…
2) There was a newfound sense of braggadocio this year among the league’s football coaches. For so long, the ACC was made to defend its caliber of football and argue that it belonged at the upper echelon. More than one coach this year, Larry Fedora and Jimbo Fisher among them, made declarative statements about the ACC having the best coaches and being, in Fisher’s parlance, “the best league for ball.” They’ve gone from aspiring to achieving. First it was about scheduling bigtime non-conference games. Now, the ACC wins those games, and major bowls, and 2 Nattys in the past 4 years.