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ACC Media Days: Conference Rising

The ACC has improved to the point where it can brag without looking over its shoulder.

North Carolina v Duke
DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 10: Daniel Jones #17 of the Duke Blue Devils runs with the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on November 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.
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The ACC has long been a powerhouse for basketball but football? Not as much.

Is it fair to say that’s changing?

Well, yes. The ACC has won two titles in the last four years and has held its own against the SEC lately.

It’s improved so much that Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, who not long ago was pushing FSU to join a “real” football conference, now says that the ACC is the best.

It’s a big change but it’s a claim that ACC coaches are increasingly willing to make and were happy to make at ACC Media Day.

For his part, Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC has “a foundation for the future” and it’s hard to argue. There are a lot of unknowns, but the ACC is in a much better place than it was, at least in terms of economic viability.

And Duke? Well, Duke had a down season last year but injuries were devastating.

The Blue Devils did find a highly promising QB in Daniel Jones though. The redshirt freshman had a rocky beginning but began to show serious potential and a year to work and get stronger and smarter can only help.

This year should be interesting.