The ACC’s imminent announcement of a TV network makes me once again think the league needs a talking head. You know, someone like Paul Finebaum. A channel needs viewers, and while live games will likely be the heart of ACC Network’s programming, someone pushing buttons and creating debates would draw a lot more eyeballs. This is a topic I previously raised in jest and not-in-jest.
I’m sure someone in the next three years will emerge as the face of the network, which could lead to a scenario in which said host has a heated back-and-forth with a coach, a la Finebaum-Saban from SEC Media Days.
That in mind, let’s rank the ACC coaches most likely to get snippy should someone push them about a decision they made:
2. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State. Well-practiced in the area of defending his program from scrutiny.
4. Dabo Swinney, Clemson. Has little trouble expressing himself when he feels disrespect.
5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina. Normally jovial, but one too many Red Bulls and anything can happen.
7. Dave Doeren, North Carolina State. Could be touchy, at 18-20 (6-18 ACC) entering his fourth year.
9. Pat Narduzzi, Pittsburgh. Depicted by others as brash and intense.
10. Dino Babers, Syracuse. Born in Hawaii and has seen the game from all angles. That probably mellows a guy.
12. Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech. Seems fairly laid-back, but time will tell.
13. Dave Clawson, Wake Forest. Even Stephen Colbert isn’t dead to him, and he trashed Clawson’s team.
14. Mark Richt, Miami. Would probably forgive the guy who asked him this.
ACC KICKOFF 2016