Dabo Swinney says Notre Dame's commitment shows strength of ACC

'I'm sure they could have their pick of conferences...and for them to choose the ACC is, I think, a great thing'

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates a touchdown by Clemson running back Roderick McDowell during the second quarter at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates a touchdown by Clemson running back Roderick McDowell during the second quarter at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Speaking during the ACC's weekly coaches' teleconference on Wednesday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called the addition of Notre Dame "a great move for our conference."

"It really, I think, says a lot, a program like Notre Dame to want to come, and I'm sure they could have their pick of conferences," said Swinney. "And for them to choose the ACC is, I think, a great thing.

"They're making a commitment, I think, to play five conference football games even though they're not going to be a football member right now; but for them to make that commitment, I think that's very strong.

"So it's exciting. It further secures this conference's strength of schedule, and moving forward as we get into the playoff scenarios and all that stuff, I definitely think it is a real positive for the ACC."

Asked if he's OK with Notre Dame having access to the ACC's non-BCS bowl lineup, even without being a full-fledged member of the conference in football, Swinney said he approves.

"I think they bring a lot to this conference, and who knows what the future holds," Swinney said. "I think it probably will even enhance our bowl opportunities down the road and TV and all that kind of stuff as this thing moves forward. Again, I see it as a real positive."

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StupidShouldHurtMore writes:

From Dumbo Swinney:

" ... they're not going to be a football member right now; but for them to make that commitment, I think that's very strong."

What strength in the ACC? Basketball? Sure, I'll grant you that. Football? Even a 5th grader knows that to play real football in college, you play in the SEC, period.

The fact that ND didn't FULLY commit to the ACC, specifically Football, speaks volumes about how WEAK football is in the ACC.

Look at the number of National Championships since the start of the BCS era (1998). The SEC has EIGHT National Championships with the lowly ACC, Big 10, and Big East all sharing one National Championship each.

Big 12 has two National Championships on record.

... so ... about that strength again ...

- SSHM

kellytown writes:

in response to StupidShouldHurtMore:

From Dumbo Swinney:

" ... they're not going to be a football member right now; but for them to make that commitment, I think that's very strong."

What strength in the ACC? Basketball? Sure, I'll grant you that. Football? Even a 5th grader knows that to play real football in college, you play in the SEC, period.

The fact that ND didn't FULLY commit to the ACC, specifically Football, speaks volumes about how WEAK football is in the ACC.

Look at the number of National Championships since the start of the BCS era (1998). The SEC has EIGHT National Championships with the lowly ACC, Big 10, and Big East all sharing one National Championship each.

Big 12 has two National Championships on record.

... so ... about that strength again ...

- SSHM

Yea keep riding on the coat tails of alabama, lsu, fla. this is the problem with also rans in the sec they always brag about being in the sec but don't have the team to contend for a national championship so what do they do well they join the sec so they can brag about the sec and how good they are. You can recruit players that can't get into the other conf. because they don't have the grades yes STUPID thats right!!! so before you come here talking your talk who is your school kentucky, or the coots its makes no difference you are who you are and i bet you hurt alot and besides the sec would be better off with CLEMSON as a member than alot of the teams you have now but it all comes down to IQ and thats why we are the acc we have IQ and you have well you said it STUPID oh don't be jealous about Notre Dame coming into the acc that goes to show that they also have a high IQ.By the way you need to look before you speak before 1998 what conf was winning national championships. But thats how sec fans are they don't know history, maybe you should have went to an acc school. the sec use their backs and the acc use brains.

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