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Clemson’s dominance provides lift for struggling ACC

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Clemson is as soon as once more sitting atop the Atlantic Coast Conference – and the third-ranked Tigers are placing the struggling league on their again and bringing the ACC alongside for the championship trip.

The ACC hasn’t had a lot to hold its hat on this soccer season with Clemson the one crew within the Top 25.

But the league does have the Tigers, who’re essentially the most dominant soccer program within the ACC by far. The Tigers have received the previous 4 convention crowns and two of the final three nationwide titles.

Their dominance raises a query: Is it good for the league, or presumably dangerous for Clemson?

There’s no denying the Tigers have helped deliver nationwide recognition to the ACC model, been a serious cog in file monetary distribution for all 14 member faculties and had a constructive affect on recruiting.



“They’re not a good football team. They’re a great football team,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe stated. “It’s rare you have one in a league.”

It’s appears well past time for ACC to take full benefit of the Tigers championship run.

League Commissioner John Swofford stated Clemson is setting the usual “and it’s up to everybody else to challenge that standard and rise to that standard.”

Or be swept by Clemson’s excessive tide.

“It used to be Notre Dame overall, but in the ACC, Clemson certainly has that role,” stated Joe Favorito, a model specialist and advertising skilled who has labored with NBA groups, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

He believes Clemson has introduced coast-to-coast recognition to the ACC’s model and that the Tigers’ dominance has arrange a traditional “heroes vs. villains” state of affairs the informal sports activities fan simply relate to when wanting for video games to observe on Saturdays.

Even if soccer followers don’t watch each play, they imprint the “David-vs.-Goliath” story line, Favorito stated. Fans can also turn out to be extra conversant in the ACC’s title, a useful asset with a league that lately launched the ACC Network and looking for extra eyes for its sports activities.

“That has an appeal,” Favorito stated.

The ACC hopes so as a result of Goliath has not been toppled fairly often.

The Tigers are 61-Four the final 5 seasons together with 34-2 in opposition to ACC opponents. The ACC Atlantic energy has overwhelmed 4 totally different Coastal Division opponents since their championship run began in 2015.

But one title contender is best than none.

Former Georgia and Miami head coach Mark Rich believes it’s important for a league to have a crew competing within the College Football Playoffs.

“If you don’t have any teams competing nationally year after year after year, you become a very regionalized league,” stated Richt, an analyst for the ACC Network.

Clemson isn’t the primary crew to seemingly go unchallenged within the ACC.

Florida State went 90-6 within the ACC and received 11 of 12 league crowns from 1992-2003, maintaining the ACC soccer model related on the nationwide stage.

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott’s father, Brad, was the offensive coordinator for the Florida State 1993 nationwide title.

“This is kind of our go time,” Jeff Scott stated, including it’s each pleasant and nerve-wracking to be on high so lengthy. “This is when we’re focused on what we’re doing each and every week.”

Sometimes, the message doesn’t at all times get via.

Three weeks in the past, the Tigers have been caught napping at North Carolina and wanted a late fourth-quarter cease on a go-ahead 2-point conversion escape with a 21-20 victory and their glide-path to the ACC title recreation intact.

“The fact that we played them good, everybody is mad at them instead of being excited for us,” Tar Heels first-year coach Mack Brown stated. “It’s weird how people look at it, but they key is to win.”

And that begins with gamers.

Favorito stated ACC coaches definitely faucet into recruits who know Clemson is on high and supply them the prospect to alter that.

It’s bought to be a relentless pursuit to make a dent within the Tigers’ fortress, Duke’s Cutcliffe stated.

“Opportunities to be a great football exist in January, just in how well we recruit and how well they recruit,” he stated.

ACC groups are taking part in that recreation on a profitable monetary subject.

The league confirmed $465 million on its 2017-18 tax return and distributed $29.5 million to its 14 members, up from $26.7 million per faculty in 2016-17.

The ACC hopes to get a lift, too, from its newly launched TV community, which showcased Clemson on its first broadcast and Tigers rolled to a 52-14 victory over Georgia Tech. Clemson’s romp over Charlotte on Sept. 21 was proven there, too. Clemson’s contest with Boston College on Oct. 26 can also be scheduled for the community.

Every convention want to not solely compete for the nationwide title and have a number of groups within the Top 25. But proper now, that’s not the ACC.

Richt, although, stated it’s important for the ACC to have not less than one of many nation’s finest groups, regardless of who it’s.

“It’s what all leagues want,” he stated.

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AP Sports Writers Aaron Beard from Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Joedy McCreary from Durham, North Carolina; and Gary B. Graves from Louisville, Kentucky contributed to this report.

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More AP school soccer: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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