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Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi Says the ACC is Disrespected



Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

The national perception of the ACC — in football and basketball — isn’t exactly a new topic, but it’s a topic that has once again arisen this week at the ACC spring meetings.

And of course, Pat Narduzzi isn’t afraid to make his voice heard.

In an article by Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, Narduzzi is one of a handful of ACC football coaches quoted speaking to the level of respect — or lack of respect — that the ACC has received in recent seasons.

“To me, there’s a lot of disrespect,” Narduzzi told Auerbach. “We have a heck of a conference. You know, I was in the Big Ten for eight years prior to coming here. I look at the quality of ACC football that we play. I just don’t think it gets the respect it deserves. Period.”

The ACC isn’t on the level of the SEC or the Big Ten, often grouped with the Big 12 when the Power Four is discussed, the outrage when the College Football Playoff committee snubbed an unbeaten, conference champion Florida State for a one-loss Alabama squad wasn’t limited to ACC fans.

Florida State losing handily to Georgia in the Orange Bowl is one thing, but the Seminoles being omitted — admittedly, with star quarterback Jordan Travis injured — sets a dangerous precedent for the future of the CFP.

All four 2024 CFP teams are now either in the SEC or Big Ten. The gap is widening, and it doesn’t help that a couple of high-profile members have sued the ACC over the conference Grant-of-Rights agreement.

The ACC’s current TV deal with ESPN is the hold-up. With 12 years remaining on a deal that runs to 2036, the thought process is that it would be very difficult for a university to exit the conference due to the complicated GoR agreement. As it stands, if a program exits the ACC, a buyout fee (which is upwards of $120 million) will need to be met, and the grant of rights will take away all TV deal revenue during the duration of the deal. So, Florida State and Clemson challenged it — unsuccessfully to this point.

The almighty dollar is the name of the game in college football, and as the ACC is falling behind the SEC and Big Ten in CFP revenue sharing, the conference is certainly on the outside looking in when it comes to a potential Power Two conference in the future.

The ACC is going to fight Clemson and Florida State the whole way. Jim Ryan, Chair of the ACC Board of Directors, and Jim Phillips, the ACC Commissioner, released a statement following Clemson joining FSU in filing a suit in March:

“The ACC remains confident that its agreements with all its members will be affirmed by the courts. Clemson, along with all ACC members, voluntarily signed and re-signed the 2013 and 2016 Grant of Rights, which is binding through 2036. In addition, Clemson agreed to the process and procedures for withdrawal. The Conference’s legal counsel will vigorously enforce the agreement and bylaws in the best interests of the ACC’s current and incoming members.”

The ACC, largely, does not have the deep pockets that top schools in the SEC or Big Ten have, so it will be interesting to see how the conference adapts going forward.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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13 days ago

I don’t get no respect at all.


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