The ACC begins its spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida, on Monday with plenty to discuss. Among the main conversation points:
Recruiting: Last month, the NCAA Division I Council passed sweeping recruiting reforms, including an early signing period (set for Dec. 20-22), the addition of official spring visits, the addition of a 10th assistant, and limits on hiring individuals with ties to recruits. Miami athletic director Blake James is the council chair, and let’s just say he expects to hear from the coaches during the meetings -- because many are against pieces of the legislation that passed.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe, for instance, has been vocal in his disagreement with the addition of the early spring visits. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called the provision that limits high school coaches with ties to recruits from working his camps "stupid."
Though the ACC as a whole has been in favor of an early signing date, the December window that was recently approved has also brought some mixed feelings. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi told local reporters, "there’s always positives to everything that happens, then there’s the negatives. Is the glass half full or half empty?" Louisville coach Bobby Petrino, firmly against an early signing period, finds himself in the minority among league coaches.
Redshirts in bowl games? The American Football Coaches Association wants to change rules regarding redshirts, proposing they be allowed to play in up to four games a year without burning the redshirt season. This could conceivably open up bowl games to redshirt freshman, an idea some ACC coaches are behind -- especially if more draft-eligible players begin to skip bowl games.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been a proponent of changing redshirt rules for years, suggesting players be given five years of eligibility.
ACC Network: There is no doubt commissioner John Swofford will take these meetings as an opportunity to reassure league coaches and administrators that the linear ACC Network is still scheduled to debut in 2019, despite recent cuts ESPN has made.
As it does every year, ESPN will have representatives at the meetings to give updates on its partnerships and plans moving forward.
Scheduling: As David Teel points out in his latest column, the ACC could spend some time discussing how to best present league games in Week 1 of 2019 to help launch the future ACC Network. Though most of the other scheduling conversations have been settled (the ACC is firm at eight conference games), the ACC understands it needs to have some league games featured on the ACC Network right out of the gate in order to enhance the network and what it has to offer.