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Three Things To Discuss: Moving, The Fan's Guide & Football Coverage

From time to time we like to talk to you guys about things related to DBR and today we have three: building a new site, Barry Jacobs' ACC Fan's Guide, and possibly expanding football coverage.

I. Moving

First, as most of you know, a few years ago, we opted to join SB Nation. We did this when the economy was at its worst and we weren't sure we would be able to maintain the site.

At some point in the not-too-distant future, we'll move over to their platform. This is for several reasons:

1) the current site is breaking down and we're no longer in business with the guys who built it and we don't know how to fix things. It's become irritating, and at some point in the future it'll certainly become critical. It's better to be proactive than to wait for things to deteriorate dangerously.

2) We don't really have a good way to address phones and tablets. Obviously that's increasingly important. The current site wasn't designed with that in mind and we'd really like to be able to provide that.

3) We'll have access to some other stuff we can't possibly do now.

We'd also like to say this about SB Nation. We took a chance on them when they approached us because we liked the CEO, Jim Bankoff. They've been great to us ever since. It worked out far better than we had imagined. They've been great partners.

II. The Fan's Guide

Many of you remember the print version of Barry Jacob's ACC Fan's Guide, which has sadly been absent for several years.

We've told him for a long time that there is a loyal audience for what he does and we think there's a new audience too.

It was a great publication. ACC fans up and down the East Coast waited for it and found information and insights that could be found nowhere else. It was a treasure for fans of this conference. Here's a PDF of then-freshman Chris Carrawell's individual profile to give you a sense or recollection of just how good it was. We've never seen anything like it, and certainly nothing as good. We still read our old copies - that's an amazing thing to say, but it's true: we still get great information out of them.

Last fall we did an E-book version of  The Fan's Guidefor Duke, UNC and State; this year, if enough of you want it, we'll do a Duke version. We're considering doing a print version via something like or an E-book again, or possibly both. We have discussed several options.

What we'd like to get is a sense of how many of you would support this project. If there's a reasonable desire to do it, we'll proceed. If not, well, that's okay too. It'd be fun and invaluable to do, but it's completely up to you guys.


Please use the poll to register your opinion.

III. Football

As you know, for the past several years, we have had an annual fundraiser to pay Al Featherston and Jim Sumner. We have a small budget but not enough to cover three writers (Barry Jacobs is also a regular contributor). You guys have valued their contributions enough to support them for several years.

We'll continue to host them here for as long as you guys agree that they're worth it. We think they are invaluable in a number of ways, not least of all because it allows us three guys with press passes sitting on the front row and asking questions after the game, or whatever media event happens to occur.

That brings us to an interesting point. We've always focused on basketball, but given the improvement in football, Jim Sumner suggested, and we agree with him, that it's time to give David Cutcliffe's program more attention. We'll return to this when we announce the fundraiser. If you guys agree, we'll start covering as many games as possible.