ACC reps at 2012 NCAA Champion Forum

George McDonald, Miami's passing-game coordinator and receivers coach, and Virginia Tech secondary coach Torrian Gray will both participate in this year's NCAA Champion Forum, an opportunity for assistant coaches looking to advance their careers.

The event will be held Monday-Wednesday next week as part of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention in Dallas. Two of the presenters will also be from the ACC in Virginia coach Mike London and Virginia executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver.

According to the NCAA, the Champion Forum "features a select group of football coaches who have been identified as potential candidates for head football coaching positions at NCAA colleges or universities. The coaches, who were selected by athletics administrators, are generally ethnic minorities who have completed the NCAA Expert program."

McDonald and Gray will both participate in simulated interview sessions and media training, along with discussions about the responsibilities that come with being a head coach and how to deal with campus and academic staffs.

Neither fan base would want to lose either of these assistant coaches, but both have built resumes worthy of a head-coaching opportunity. This is another step in helping get them there.