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NY Times: Syracuse and Pitt in Talks With ACC

I'd be OK with it. Can we add UConn and West Virginia, too?: "The person with knowledge of the talks declined to speculate on a timetable or the seriousness of the discussions. But in this delicate time for conferences and their futures, the discussions between the 12-team A.C.C. and two Big East members are significant." UPDATE: "Syracuse and Pittsburgh have begun the formal process of leaving the Big East by applying to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, an A.C.C. official with direct knowledge of the applications said Saturday."

Discover Card likely to sign on as Orange Bowl sponsor

From CNBC per College Football Talk, it looks like the home of the ACC champion has a new title sponsor. FedEx bailed when ESPN demanded more from advertisers as the new BCS network.

Shakin the Southland on the ACC's Media Contract

Read this. It goes over how college sports media deals have changed because of the BTN and the SEC's ESPN contract and goes over what the options are for the ACC. A warning, though. It contains, in the words of CGB "So. Many. Words."

Hokies No. 11 in Dodd's Post-Spring Top 25

Add this one to post-spring rankings from ESPN's Mark Schlabach, SI's Andy Staples and Tony Barnhart. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd has Virginia Tech at No. 11. Notables: No. 2 Boise State, No. 13 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Miami, No. 16 Florida State and No. 24 North Carolina. HT: Annette.

The Barnhart Picks UNC to Win Coastal

Mr. College Football has North Carolina making a trip to Charlotte this season with the Hokies finishing third in the division.

ACCCG Again in Prime Time

The ACCCG is moving to Charlotte this year (thank God) and like last year it will be shown in prime time. The game will kick off at 7:45 p.m. EST and be carried on ESPN.

So You're Saying There's a Chance

Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times has the various scenarios for the two ACC divisions. Here's how VT goes to Tampa: - Hokies win out. - GT loses lone remaining ACC game against Duke. - Duke also beats Miami and Wake to close out the year. - Miami also beats UNC. See, it's that simple.

Solid Verbal ACC Preview

The Solid Verbal, a tremendous college football site with a legit podcast, gives us its ACC preview featuring Jed Williams from ACCSports.com.

Media Pick Hokies to Win ACC

Virginia Tech was picked to win its fourth ACC title by 69 (heh, heh, 69) of the 87 media members who voted at this year's ACC Football Kickoff. Voters picked VT in the Coastal and FSU in the Atlantic. Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer was selected as the ACC's preseason player of the year. None of these results are very surprising.

It's ACC Week at Dr. Saturday

Hinton kicked off ACC week Monday by tackling the notion it's a second-tier conference and calling the Hokies boring. With italics and everything. At some point in his post, Hinton will likely piss off fans of every ACC school except Duke and NC State, who aren't mentioned.

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