Around the ACC: Radakovich planning for busy November

Tigers seeking history-making road win; Duck Commander to sponsor Independence Bowl

Baseball - Athletic director Dan Radakovich

Baseball - Athletic director Dan Radakovich

How the 2014 college football season will unfold, only time will tell.

But whatever happens on the field, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich is pretty sure his November will be quite a ride.

Radakovich is one of 13 members of college football's new playoff selection committee, which will conduct increasingly frequent meetings as the inaugural 2014 season progresses.

“November will be a different month for me,” Radakovich told ESPN's Andrea Adelson. "I’m really beginning to make some plans here as to how we’re going to make that happen, because we’ll meet Monday afternoons and Tuesday afternoons, so Monday will be a washout of a day and Tuesday for the most part, too, due to travel. My staff, occasionally, we might have to meet on a Saturday before a game just to get some business done.

“I’ve been blessed here with a really good staff of people, and that was one of the reasons why I was happy to take on the responsibility, because there’s a good group here that has done it for a long time. We have some new eyes to help make us better, but the organization is good, so that allows me to move forward with this challenge.”

Radakovich said the process will evolve over time. The committee's next meeting will be in April, and it will meet again in August for preliminary work.

“I’m sure that somewhere down the road there will be some exercises that will include pulling together a real bracket,” Radakovich said.

“It’s been really good to watch the group together, to be a part of the group, because it is truly 13 people looking for the same answer, and that is pulling the best four teams together for the semifinals and placing some really great matchups in the other games to keep college football at the forefront of people’s minds at that time of the year and create some great games and good memories for the coaching staffs and student-athletes.”

Tigers Back On The Road, Hungry For Success: Road success hasn't been easy to come by for the Clemson men's basketball program, so Tuesday night's game against Wake Forest at Winston-Salem carries some historical significance.

A victory over the Deacons would be Clemson fifth on the road in the ACC this season, tying the school record set by the 1986-87 team led by Horace Grant and Elden Campbell.

Historically, Wake's Lawrence Joel Arena has not been kind to the Tigers. Last season, the Tigers snapped an 18-game losing streak in Winston-Salem by routing the Deacons 78-58.

In addition to trying for its fifth ACC road win, the Tigers will be going for their eighth nine-win ACC season. Clemson will play its final three regular season games at home, with match-ups against Maryland, Miami and Pittsburgh.

The Tigers go into the home stretch of the season with a No. 67 RPI - a jump of 120 spots over last year, and the largest among ACC teams this season.

Duck Commander Title Sponsor For ACC-SEC Bowl: Duck Commander, the family-owned company led by the Robertson clan of "Duck Dynasty" television fame, will be the new sponsor for the Independence Bowl, ESPN is reporting.

The post-season game in Shreveport, La. will be known as the Duck Commander Independence Bowl for the next six years, with Duck Commander replacing AdvoCare as the title sponsor.

Through 2019, the bowl will pair teams from the SEC and ACC, with Conference USA and the American Conference providing contingency backup.

No ACC Discipline For Bonheim: ACC commissioner John Swofford said Monday that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim won't be disciplined after he came onto the court to protesting a key charging call during the Orange's 66-60 loss at Duke over the weekend.

Swofford said he agreed with Boeheim's ejection during Saturday's game and noted the charge was a "judgment call" by officials.

Swofford wouldn't say whether he thought official Tony Greene made the right call when he whistled Syracuse's C.J. Fair for charging with 10.4 seconds left, leading to Boeheim's brief fit of rage. He said the call is not something the conference will review.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Is the committee picking the 4 teams for the playoff going to just announce them after the last games of the year are played? Is there still going to be an AP and Coaches poll? Will all of the decisions fall on the shoulders of the 13 in which half of them are girls! What's going to happen to all the polls fans have been use to arguing over for the last 75 years?

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

I was being a little facetious with the comment on the girls on the committee. I think there may be at least 3 and I'm sure they know as much as any of the boys on the committee.

KerryCapps writes:

I think we'll still have all the polls and computer models contradicting each other, just no 'official' BCS standings. The committee will sort through all the data, express their subjective opinions, and come to some consensus. As Jim Davis use to say, when you lock a bunch of people in a room and hang a committee sign on the door, you shouldn't be surprised by anything that comes out.

BlueRidgeBengal writes:

im not shocked Coach Boehiem didnt get any reprimand from the ACC for his actions. he will get more slack than others. i dont think Coach Brownell would have gotten away with that for sure. hope the syracuse coach gets use to those kind of calls in Cameron. (See Clemson v Dook 2008.)

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

in response to KerryCapps:

I think we'll still have all the polls and computer models contradicting each other, just no 'official' BCS standings. The committee will sort through all the data, express their subjective opinions, and come to some consensus. As Jim Davis use to say, when you lock a bunch of people in a room and hang a committee sign on the door, you shouldn't be surprised by anything that comes out.

I don't think you were being facetious at all when you said they will express their "subjective" opinions. You can bet your sweet backside their opinions will be subjective. They should all have to know the difference in objective versus subjective before they are allowed on the committee. Glad our AD is on the committee. Am I a hypocrite or what?

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