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ACC coaches willing to trim travel squads

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- ACC officials approved cutting travel squad sizes for conference games to 72 players at Wednesday's final spring meetings. It's the same number of players the coaches are allowed to bring to the ACC championship game, and doesn't apply to nonconference games.

"I don't think that's going to affect many coaches," NC State athletic director Lee Fowler said. "That's our championship number. Most of our coaches are around 72 or below during the regular season anyway. So I don't think that's going to be a big issue. Somebody may care more than that, but it was the minority, not the majority."

Virginia coach Al Groh said 72 is more than he usually takes and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said the coaches were willing to do what they could to help cut costs.

"Our philosophy at Virginia Tech, I only take people that have a chance to be in the ball game," Beamer said. "I don't want somebody just to be there and be a distraction to the football team. Our number varies. One week you may have an injury and you take a couple more because a guy is hurt and so forth. I think the fact is we want to do whatever we can to cut costs. None of us really wants a number, but at the same time, all of us want to do what's right for the conference."