(UPDATED at 3:20 p.m.)Boston College accepts ACC's invitation
Well, it's official. Boston College will be the ACC's 12th team. (More here.)
I'm ambivalent about this. Yes, BC has a solid sports program. Yes, Boston is one of the nation's big TV markets. But I still think it's too far from the other teams in the league. (I know; so is Miami. But at least Miami has a natural geographic rivalry with Florida State. Who in the league is a natural geographic rival with Boston College?)
I would have rather had West Virginia join. But that's me.
TIGERS WARY OF TV: Nationally televised games have not been kind to the Tigers. They hope that changes Thursday night against N.C. State. Other notes; defensive end J.J. Howard will be lost for the season with a knee injury. (More on Howard here.)
CU-NCSU NOTES: The SID's office has released the voluminous pregame notes for Thursday's Textile Bowl showdown between Clemson and N.C. State. Check 'em out.
That Textile Bowl trophy is without a doubt the biggest prize in all of sports -- literally. I remember when they would wheel that thing out at halftime, and it made the Stanley Cup look like an ice cream dish.
GRADING THE TIGERS: Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says his team has been playing like a B or C student. Sounds about right.
SHORT TIME TO SAVOR WIN: Clemson fans and players were jacked up after Saturday's thrilling 30-27 overtime victory against Virginia. They'll have to get ready for Thursday's game pretty quickly.