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Swofford meets with Clemson officials on future of ACC.

John Swofford AP

Word got around on Twitter Thursday night that ACC commissioner John Swofford was in Clemson, SC, meeting with university officials.

Naturally, that once again stirred up conversation, albeit however brief, related to conference realignment. But according to the Charleston Post and CourierClemson president James Barker said the exchange, which was initiated by him, was “very positive and professional” and “did nothing but reinforce” the school’s role in the ACC.

Here’s a portion of the story:

“There were questions about history, questions about the future, about conference alignment, all those types of questions you would expect from a group that is very interested in athletics to be able to ask when they have the conference commissioner in the room,” Barker said. “How does the revenue gets shared? What about the bowls? The BCS changes? All the things you would expect.”

Barker said the ACC’s new deal with the Orange Bowl was discussed as was its new television deal with ESPN, a deal some have speculated might compel teams to look at other conferences. Barker downplayed the impact of the new television deal.

Big 12 media days begin this Monday. I imagine any and all realignment talk will be downplayed (again) by conference officials as well.

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19 Responses to “Swofford meets with Clemson officials on future of ACC.”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 20, 2012 9:24 PM

    The ACC is the premier college basketball conference. Clemson wants to know what Swofford, a “puppet” for Coach K, Roy Williams, and Dean Smith, is doing to make football at least an “equal” to ACC basketball. The only way that will happen is if an ACC team can win a NC. The problem is money. The SEC has it; the ACC doesn’t and the TV contract Swofford engineered was weak. Clemson knows this and knows THE University of South Carolina has an advantage as evidenced by three straight wins over Clemson. So Dabo The Clown must recruit top talent and their posse’s in order to compete. Meanwhile South Carolina now has superior facilities vs. Clemson and continues to grow lead by a strong administration headed by Harris Pastides. Hell, even our President, Harris Pastides, is better than Jim “Big Dog” Barker.

  2. jonkybon says: Jul 20, 2012 10:02 PM

    Mr Bipolar since Clemson has been out recruiting the sh^tcocks and has brought in premier coaches in each of the last two season your teams lucky streak is over. South Crapolina has been winning with defense and the DC that created the scheme is now at Southern Miss. The Shamecocks are on probation for the second time in seven years and have been warned another infraction and your program goes the way of SMU.

    BTW moron, EVERY team must recruit top talent to compete. Your team just recruits from the prisons and your has been coach is too afraid to schedule any real teams with his three at large games.

    When Clemson wins this year they will still be 6-4 against you in the last ten. One title in 120 years of playing is beyond pathetic.

    PS 100% of the students enrolled in Clemson qualify at South Crapolina. Less than 20% of Crapolina students could get accepted at Clemson. Every student in the South can use SC as their safe school.

  3. acieu says: Jul 20, 2012 10:19 PM

    DABO the Clown was asking for mercy and a guarantee he would get another conference game on his schedule,. This allows the tigers to avoid playing decent teams thus padding his record. Lastly he wants Swofford to guarantee he won’t have to play West Virginia ever again.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jul 20, 2012 10:46 PM


    Hey Jonky:

    Always like to chat occasionally with you as I have compassion for those who are mentally challenged. Did you imply THE University of South Carolina will get the death penalty if we have another infraction? I doubt that will happen or even that that statement is accurate. Of course the majority of your scribes are hyperbole, wishful thinking for Clemson’s drought against winning anything vs. THE University of South Carolina. Clemson students view Carolina as a safety school? Another inaccurate statement. Tomorrow is Saturday which means you need to cut Dabo the Clown’s lawn. I understand there are some “weeds” in the Dabo flower beds…but the NCAA is looking into it. Could that be the reason Swofford spoke with Jim Barker? To make sure he has the truth about how Robert Nd….was recruited by that big mouth coach of Clemsux? IPTAY must be pulling their hair out knowing they can’t compete with SEC money, realizing the losing to THE University of South Carolina will continue. Athletically and academically, Carolina is superior to Clemson. Now what are you going to do Jonkybon, call me names like moron and bi-polar? That’s all you have son; meaningless words. Know what Carolina has? WINS OVER CLEMSON!

  5. cappa662 says: Jul 20, 2012 11:23 PM

    When did Clemson ever become an elite football or basketball program? Kick them to the curb. Bring on Rutgers. New York is a much bigger market than South Carolina.

  6. thegamecocker says: Jul 20, 2012 11:45 PM


    Not only is Rutger’s a good TV market, it is academically as good as UVa, UNC, Duke, Ga Tech etc. It is a solid pick and will generate more revenue and is a geographic fit for the ACC. Rutgers’ is a great school, far superior to Clemsux. Now what, Jonky? Take Babo the Clowns garbage to the curb after you’re done with the grass. I have to tell you to do everything!!!

  7. drummerhoff says: Jul 21, 2012 9:36 AM

    Come on, Folks! Its a rare occasion that a conference commission is asked to speak to a member’s BOT.

    The SEC it not staying put at 14 and the only place to go are the states of N Carolina & Virginia.

    Clemson & FSU’s BOT are being proactive to protect their interests. This should be applauded.

  8. thegamecocker says: Jul 21, 2012 10:06 AM


    Agree. The BOT at both schools are being proactive. However it is highly unlikely that either school will be joining the SEC. Having said that, when politics come into play and money changes hands, anything is possible. Personally, I don’t want either school in the SEC. I thoroughly enjoy THE University of South Carolina dominating Clemson in all sports. I would think U. of Florida would not want FSU in the recruiting mix. So, the most logical place for these two misfit schools is the Big 12.

  9. TxGrown says: Jul 21, 2012 12:40 PM

    “Bring on Rutgers. New York is a much bigger market than South Carolina.”
    Actually cappa662, The City and thereabouts doesn’t really follow Rutgers. That market has never been good for Knights.

  10. jonkybon says: Jul 21, 2012 1:49 PM


    I see you’re still off your meds. Too bad for the rest of the world.

    Did you happen to read last weeks Time Magazine? Of coarse you didn’t, they use big words. If you had, you would have crapped your pants. Of wait, you do that every day any way. Clemson was rated the #1 school in America. Bleacher EReports rated Clemson the #1 Stadium. South Crapolina didn’t crack the top fifty in either.

    Now wipe the cum from your chin and quit making yourself look foolish.

  11. pastabelly says: Jul 21, 2012 2:56 PM

    Rutgers brings nothing to the table. Syracuse was the better choice there. As much as I dislike UConn, they are probably a better choice than Rutgers as well as they have a better following and more of a natural rivalry with Syracuse and BC. UConn burned too many bridges though.

  12. cuckflemson says: Jul 21, 2012 4:20 PM

    Jonkybon, please go back to tigernet.

  13. jets12 says: Jul 21, 2012 9:06 PM

    Hey Jonkybon learn how to spell you moron. Good God you Clemson clowns are the ones who pathetic. And why do you always resort to high school sex references. The way you continually refer to cum, you must drink it for breakfast every morning.

  14. jonkybon says: Jul 22, 2012 8:21 AM


    How’s your Silver Cloud Singers doing you 400 pound gay whore? Just because you believe a cup of cum is the breakfast of champs, doesn’t mean anybody else does. I see the prisons still let you post despite your conviction for raping your brother. Sat on him until he passed out before you had your way with him.

  15. jonkybon says: Jul 22, 2012 8:22 AM


    Real classy name there. Raised by rats? I thought so.

  16. jets12 says: Jul 22, 2012 9:07 AM

    Jonkybon it is really time you came out of the closet. Your constant references to male genitalia and the by product they produce is very telling. Look there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay. The only thing wrong is keeping it inside. You know being in denial. Let it go. You will be a much less angry person if you do.

  17. thegamecocker says: Jul 22, 2012 10:27 AM


    I’m afraid you are not at all accurate with your assessment of Rutgers’ and their following. If you check Nielsen Ratings, Rutgers has a higher score than Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Connecticut in Metro NY. That is a fact. If we were discussing basketball, your argument would be more on target. But we are discussing football, the major revenue generator for college athletics. Rutgers’ is an AAU affiliated university and academically stacks up there with the other ACC schools. Rutgers’ stadium is a beautiful venue to watch a game and tailgate. On the whole, Rutgers would be a fine addition to either the ACC or Big Ten. Enrollment is over 50,000!

  18. nostical says: Jul 25, 2012 7:26 AM

    No offense but UConn is a superior choice. They have stellar and growing programs in Football and M&W Basketball, etc. with the best facilities in the area and the loudest stadium as per Heisman winner RG III. They are a huge draw in NYC and throughout NE, much greater than BC or Rutgers. As for burning bridges, I assume the previous poster was talking about the lawsuit vs the ACC. That was pursued by then CT Atty Gen Blumenthal wanting to raise his image as a fighter. Now he’s a US Senator!

  19. thegamecocker says: Jul 25, 2012 8:51 AM


    For what it is worth, Jim Calhoun is not a favorite of Coach K in particular or the ACC in general. This may be a moot point b/c Calhoun will be departing sooner rather than later. As far as FOOTBALL is concerned, Rutgers Nielsen ratings are the highest in the NYC market. That is a fact. I must admit you scooped me on a new criteria: the Loudest Stadium. That is a new one to me…but you seem like a reasonable person so I’ll ride with it. Basketball wise, no comparison: UCONN all over Rutgers. Not sure though about overall facilities. I know RU facilities are good (indoor practice faciliety, beautiful stadium with capacity of 52,000 plus, great weight room, and exceptional academic support for athletes). A consistent Top 5 graduation rate / GPA among its student athletes). Now THAT is something UCONN does NOT HAVE.

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