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Can't believe we gotta pull for JMU, uh-ginThe Ain’t Credible Conference 2011 football slate it out. Butch’s Bunch sees James Madison, uh-gin. Duke continues its affair with Richmond. Wake “Run, Forest, Run” plays Gardner-Webb. NC State opens with Liberty. GaTech takes a ‘Whee on a Thursday. Va Tech likes a challenge.


  1. Derek

    February 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Looking forward to it. Got it marked down!


    February 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    In a troubled economy, it would make sense to keep the revenue in state (by scheduling App State). No, that would make too much sense, especially to the wimps of the NC ACC. Freaking wussies.

  3. Dr. Gonzo

    February 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I feel like the ACC could crumble at the hands of the FCS this year.

  4. Colonel

    February 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Midwest – Wouldn't the travel costs for App be less by going to VaTech than say UNC? Plus, I think that the exposure is better.

    Gonzo – I agree. I especially think that if the ACC continues trending downward in basketball, the SoCon will catch up, or at least be more competitive.

  5. DRM

    February 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I could see a couple ACC football losses to FCS teams (though not given those scheduled for 2011) as far more likely than the SoCon becoming competitive with ACC in basketball, even with their present downward trend.


    February 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    It should be about keeping the revenue in state. Travel is pretty much a wash. So, when we're having to fight the battles to move up to FBS, let's remind everyone that we're sending revenue to other states.

  7. happyappy

    February 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    But midwest we have tried to play unc duke wake. No one wants to play so who would you suggest they play?

  8. Keith

    February 14, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Seems like a decent slate of games. Other than the usual of Richmond giving Duke a run, I don't see another game that the FCS can win (including our game). The only other possibility would be Liberty pushing State, but I would have to see it to believe it.


    February 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    happy- the very reason we need to leave JV. I'm sick of these BS excuses. No one will play us, yet we need to stay in the FCS??? Nothing like marching in place for 10 years. So long, suckers.

  10. Rick

    February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I don't mean to "rock the boat", but even if we were FBS, the in-state ACC teams STILL would not play us. I know Wake would not because their AAD has told me that "as long is Wellman is the AD and Jim is the Coach, we will not be playing ASU. They have made that readily apparant." At least Wake doesn't try to hide and make excuses I guess. Hell it took the NC Legislature to make State play ECU. Even if we're FBS, they will NOT be lining up at our door and would DIE before they came to Boone.


    February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm


    Nice connection, but the likely reason he said that was because we are FCS, not because we are App State…although you could be right. The NC ACC schools are pathetic jokes anyway. No one, nationwide, respects their football programs.


    February 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Just read that Nate Montana (Joe's son) is transferring to Montana from Notre Dame. That should be interesting.

  13. hapapp

    February 15, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Seems Cal has scheduled Presbyterian on Sept. 17:

  14. hapapp

    February 15, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Va Tech announces schedule:

    "Virginia Tech's 2011 football schedule was released Monday by the ACC. Talk about it being Taylor-made for projected starting quarterback Logan Thomas.

    Thomas, who by all accounts will replace star Tyrod Taylor at the controls of Tech's offense, will have the luxury of beginning his career with four September games against a quartet of nonconference opponents that don't exactly resemble a Murderer's Row.

    The Hokies will face perennial I-AA power Appalachian State (Sept. 3) and Sun Belt punching bag Arkansas State (Sept. 17) at Lane Stadium. The other two September dates include trips to a pair of middling Conference USA foes — East Carolina (Sept. 10) and Marshall (Sept. 24).

    The September schedule is in stark contrast to recent Tech menus that have included such high-profile nonleague opponents such as No. 3 Boise State last year, No. 5 Alabama in 2009 and No. 2 LSU in 2007."

  15. SpeedkingATL

    February 15, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Would rather play VA Tech that any of the in state ACC schools any way. They are a better program and higher profile.

  16. Gwaltineer

    February 15, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Agreed. This is not the year to complain about the FBS team we play. Last year was.

  17. Waco Kid

    February 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

    The In State teams would have to play us if we moved up. The State of NC forced them to play ECU so the bar has already been set.

  18. dude

    February 15, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Its comical how much this comes up… But really what incentives do those teams have to play App?

  19. Chris Townsend

    February 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I've always found it very interesting that East Carolina has never been invited to be a part of the ACC despite the fact that it made the move up itself a number of years ago….and is closer geographically. I really feel that the ACC crowd has always looked down it's collective noses at the likes of ECU and probably always will. Even if Appalachian State moves up I see the same thing happening to us as it has ECU. We will alwsy be looked at as an off-brand that has no business being on their level.

  20. Chris Townsend

    February 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Dude….the reason that ACC teams in the state of North Carolina should play the Mountaineers is because we have the best football program in the state….and as far as I'm concerned we'd give State, Duke, Wake and those tea-sippers in Chapel Hill a good run for their money. ASU travels A LOT of its fan base. Think about it….might not see so many empty seats in Winston and Durham. We'd sure bring a bunch of fans to State and Chapel Hill. It would be a win-win for everyone concerned…but I guess in-state ACC teams are too concerned about their status.

  21. DRM

    February 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    It wouldn't be a win-win from the ACC's perspective if we actually won the game–which we probably would against Duke, might well against Wake, and certainly could against State and UNC. That's why they won't schedule us. It's why they wouldn't even if we were in FBS, absent additional legislative action a la ECU – State. They have zero concern about keeping revenues in state and, really, on that count who can blame them?

  22. Chris Townsend

    February 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

    When I said "win-win" it was in terms of fan interest and in a monetary sense….but I understand your point. It bothers me that in neighboring states this sort of thing doesn't seem to be a problem. The Gamecocks have played every FCS team in the Palmetto state. Virginia and Virginia Tech regularly play the likes of Richmond and James Madison and William & Mary. Georgia has played Georgia Southern….but the Mountaineers can't get a game against the in-state ACC teams….especially UNC-Chapel Hill.
    There is something wrong with this picture.

  23. dude

    February 15, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Claiming we are the best team in the state is a bold claim considering the last time App beat a true FBS team was back when they used to beat wake. We have had chances against State and ECU and lost. The only teams we have a good chance of beating are Duke and Wake and they know the best chances of them getting to a bowl game and making more money is to not play against us. So no its not win win at all, its a no win situation for those schools, if they win then they were supposed to, if they lose then everyone loses their minds

  24. sideline

    February 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The legislature is not going to do that again.

  25. Hokieshibe

    February 17, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Chris – there's nothing wrong with this picture, as FBS schools usually have to fork over huge chunks of money to get FCS schools to even come play them, and then only one FCS school win per year counts towards bowl eligibility. It's not an issue of fear, it's just convenience. And if they can get another school for cheaper, then they will, as it's not like there is a ton of people who know what FCS teams are good anyhow.
    As for ECU not getting the invite to the ACC – we've already got 12 members. Why would we need more? Besides, the conference is about more than football. Do we really want them for basketball? Are they academically a good fit (the ACC schools are pretty respectable in this regard and do a lot of intra-school research)?
    Also, for the record, do you really think you could compete with UNC or NCSt regularly? I am well aware that upsets happen (as a hokie, I'm painfully aware, actually), but the majority of the time, I'd say those teams probably beat you. Often badly. Do you really want that?

  26. Michael

    February 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Anyone who says that academics don't matter to the ACC when it comes to expansion doesn't know what they're talking about.

    Outside of the Ivy League and the Big Ten, the ACC is the nation's strongest collection of research-oriented universities for athletic conferences. I don't mean any disrespect to ECU, but ECU doesn't fit the bill. Remember, it's college presidents who vote on these matters, not athletic directors. They want their school to be associated with the nation's best. They're not going to get that by taking in ECU. For these same reasons, WVU has never been offered membership, either.

    Pitt, UConn, Syracuse, and Rutgers would be the top targets far, far ahead of ECU. They fit the bill academically, athletically, and TV-wise. Besides, The ACC schools outside of North Carolina don't want to add to the power that state already has.

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