Friday Q&A: May 28, 2010

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This week’s Q&A focuses on a variety of topics, including summer sessions
in Blacksburg for football players, the whip and rover positions, as well as the
quality of coaches in the ACC.

If you’ve got any questions for our Friday Q&A, send them to me at [email protected].

1) Which was a better football conference: the Big East from 1998 through
2003, or the ACC from 2004 through the present?

Chris Coleman: Now, that’s a great question. With Virginia Tech, Clemson,
Florida State and Miami, not to mention other programs such as UNC, UVA and
Georgia Tech, the ACC has some very good potential in football. However, thanks
to the poor performance of FSU, Clemson and Miami since ACC expansion, it has
been unrealized potential.

If you think about it, the old Big East with Tech, Miami and BC included was
a good league. The Hokies were in a bowl game every year, in the Top 10 in many
seasons, and even played for the National Championship in 1999. Miami had a
winning record in every season in the 1998 through 2003 stretch, and also won a
National Championship in that span.

Syracuse was a respected program, particularly in 1998 when they had Donovan
McNabb. West Virginia was a good program, and though they transitioned from Don
Nehlen to Rich Rodriguez during this time period, they still went to bowl games
in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003. Boston College went to a bowl game in every year
from 1998 through 2003, and Pitt was good in that stretch as well.

If you think about it, only Rutgers and Temple were total jokes in those
days. The rest of the Big East pretty much had two almost guaranteed wins each
year. Every conference needs a team or two like that. You can’t play a really
good team each and every week.

I’ll have to go with the Big East, from 1998 through 2003, being a better
football league than the ACC has been since expansion. Put it this way … was
anyone calling for the Big East’s autobid to the BCS to be taken away from ’98
through ’03? No. Are some calling for the ACC’s autobid to be taken away right
now? Yes.

2) What do players do in the summer sessions?

CC: They spend a lot of time with Mike Gentry and his staff, and they
also take classes. The really dedicated ones will often take extra classes so
they can graduate in four