ACC: Long Division

By Jessica Garrison - July 23, 2006


No one says growing up is easy, so it’s no surprise that the ACC’s 2005 expansion still casts a shadow over the conference football previews. Especially the divisional alignment, between the Coastal and Atlantic divisions, which still makes more than a few helmeted heads spin.

Here’s the real divisional alignment, from TheACC.com:
Atlantic Coastal
Maryland Virginia
Clemson Georgia Tech
NC State North Carolina
Wake Forest Duke
Boston College Virginia Tech
Florida State Miami

UNC senior Ronnie McGill joked with the media that for a media picture their wranglers asked the players to split into Coastal on one side and Atlantic on the other, while Ronnie stood there, clueless. It was all in good fun, and most players seemed to dodge questions about whether divisional alignment and the conference championship game had hurt teams like BC, who missed out with a strong record because they didn’t finish first in their division.

“That’s why people love college football,” BC senior guard Josh Beekman said. “It’s all about how you control your destiny in the season.”

Posted by Jessica Garrison at 10:15 PM on July 23, 2006
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