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ACC coaches hope for replay improvement


Not surprisingly, Duke coach David Cutcliffe is among those who would like to boost the ACC’s video review capabilities.

Cutcliffe was heated after Miami’s thrilling upset of his Blue Devils last Oct. 31 — a result that the conference determined should not have counted. At the league’s spring meetings, football coaches voted Wednesday in favor of creating a centralized office with increased technology.

“The NFL model is working as you get better equipment and more eyes,” Cutcliffe told a group of reporters, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t think it’s going to be a drastic change. But if it gets one thing right, I think that’s critically important.”

The idea was presented to the athletics directors, but North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham said no vote was taken Wednesday.

Few in the league will forget what happened in the Miami-Duke game, when Corn Elder scored a winning kick return touchdown after eight laterals, one of which the conference later determined was illegal. If properly called, the play would have ended the game and Duke would have won. That dramatic ending came after numerous missed calls throughout the game.

The entire officiating crew, including a replay official and communicator, was suspended two games amid significant negative publicity for the league.

“I think any time you can get a call right, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to interrupt the flow of the game,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I mean lives are depending on that — I mean careers, kids with what they can achieve. I think any time you can get it right, it’s great. We’re basically for it.”

Indoor facility ‘close’: UM AD Blake James believes he will soon achieve his No. 1 priority: securing enough money to build an indoor football practice facility on campus.

“I think we’re real close,” James said Wednesday. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from people. We haven’t finalized the numbers, but I think we’ll be making some announcements real soon.”

UM is the only program in the ACC — and one of just four FBS programs nationally — without an indoor facility of some kind or a plan to build one. The project would cost upward of $20 million, and would save UM from altering somewhere between 15-20 practices per year for weather-related reasons.

Satellite camp debate: Referring to the NCAA’s recent overturn of the satellite camp ban as “the current position,” James said the conference won’t let the issue die. It may be a losing battle, but the ACC isn’t going quietly.

“It’s a topic we’re going to dive even deeper into and see what’s the best solution moving forward,” said James, the ACC’s representative on the NCAA’s Division I Football Oversight Committee. At the committee’s next meeting in June, James said he would stress the need to “come to a resolution that’s best for college football and the young men who have aspirations to play for our programs nationally.”

ACC programs are split, with some coaches saying this week they will participate in camps and some saying they will not. North Carolina State and Boston College will attend camps in Florida. Clemson has turned down all offers. Miami and Florida State haven’t decided.


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