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End of the ACC?

Gregg Doyel’s article speculating Florida St. will be the end of the ACC article doesn’t ponder basketball, which is why the Seminoles and Trustees Chairman Andy Haggard are pissed off to begin with:

Haggard is referring to the fact that the ACC surrendered all third tier television rights for football to ESPN/ABC but kept them for men’s basketball. That arrangement will likely result in substantial revenue for schools with a strong basketball following like North Carolina and Duke.On the other hand, it will do very little for schools with a more traditional football following like FSU, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Miami.

“It continues the perception that the ACC favors the North Carolina schools,” noted Haggard.

Doyle is right that the change coming to college football is at all what we thought it would be, so anything can happen. But nothing’s busting up ACC hoops. It’s paid for.

*via Ed Cone

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Re: Guilford County retirement bonuses

First all of you can’t blame Billy Yow:

Commissioner Billy Yow voted against the bonuses — and the entire consent agenda at the March meeting. But he said he’s not for rescinding them now that they’ve been offered.

Yow said he’s concerned that killing the bonus offer could open the county to lawsuits, but County Attorney Mark Payne said reconsidering the offer is legal and well within the commissioners’ power.

Several commissioners said Yow, a Republican who is stepping down from the board after finishing his current term, is using the commissioners’ initial oversight on the bonuses to embarrass the mostly Democratic board as they go into November’s elections.

Question—who can Yow possibly embarrass when the commission chairman —Democrat Skip Alston —-is apologizing for not knowing what’s going on?

Never mind the fact that Alston says lifting the retirement bonus cap will save the county money because the positions will be vacant for four to six months.

Also never mind the fact that if the employees don’t get their fat bonuses, they’ll still have their —as the N&R puts it —a “generous pension and medical benefit package.”

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