Friday Q&A: June 6, 2014

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1) Should the ACC consider BYU as a Power opponent or a mid major?

Chris Coleman: That’s a great question, and I go back and forth on the answer.  BYU is an independent, just like Notre Dame, so it’s a judgement call by the ACC on whether or not to view them as a power opponent.

In theory, I believe they are.  BYU has always had a very good football program, and I think there’s a very good chance that they would beat Virginia Tech right now if the two teams played on a neutral field.  I’ve got a lot of respect for what they’ve been able to accomplish out there.

On the other hand, they aren’t in a conference, and unlike Notre Dame, they don’t have an existing relationship with the ACC.  Also, if the Power 5 conferences ever move towards breaking away, or if a separate division is created within the NCAA of only the Power 5 conferences (with Notre Dame as an Independent or as part of the ACC), then I don’t see BYU being involved in that new division.  They are a very good program, but they simply don’t have the prestige without being a part of a power conference.

Reluctantly, I think I would not include them as a power opponent.  It’s a judgement call, and I wouldn’t have a problem if they were included.  However, if we move towards the Power 5 conferences running their own show, then I don’t see how BYU or any team like them can be included (except for Notre Dame).

Sweat looking on at a Virginia Tech camp in June of 2013
Sweat looking on at a Virginia Tech camp in June of 2013

2) Who are your personal top 5 recruiting targets for the 2015 class?

CC: Good question.  My personal top five is based on our biggest needs – defensive end and offensive line.  Plus I’m a little bit obsessed with the