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Charles Arbuckle on expansion, "The ACC can't give up on this Notre Dame quest"

August 3, 2022
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On what Tony Elliott brings to UVA:

“You could always tell when you would talk to him that that was the kind of program and school he was looking for. High academics, opportunity to get some players. When Virginia's played well, I mean, I can remember my ESPNU days where we would call four or five Virginia games a year, and some people started calling us ESPNUVA, but they had great players. I think that was the thing. They couldn't quite get over the hump. I think with Tony, his ability to bring national championship pedigree, his ability to really get that offense going. Bronco didn't leave the cupboard bare, but I don't think it's where he wants it to be.”

On not being afraid to bring experienced guys to a staff:

“If you put your ego aside and you say, hey, who's done it? Well, Nick Saban does it consistently. Dabo has started to do it when you bring these analysts in because they can afford to. You can't be afraid to bring in somebody that knows this part of the game more than you. So think about Mack Brown bringing in Gene Chizik, who was a former head coach, but a great defensive mind. That's how you stay relevant. That's how you stay fresh...I think you have to have an honest opinion and reevaluate yourself every year and say, how can I do this? I think that's what Tony is doing a really nice job of and his staff reflects that.”

 

 

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On NIL and the effects on recruiting:

“When NIL took place, they didn't put any guardrails or parameters. So the same people that were so anxious to be Buddy Garrity on Friday Night Lights, do anything for you, they still exist. They become the collectors. They do this. I think we're trying to do it backwards. But man, the bag is the bag, the bag is gonna find whoever wants that bag. When you have realignment, that school saying, ‘hey, we need more money.’ These kids that can make $50,000 to $100,000, why wouldn't they say how can I take care of my family?”

On how NIL should work:

“There should be a baseline of something. You know the cost of living. They made that up adjustment. There are some other things that they've done. I'll give the NCAA credit. But what the NCAA did was they finally said, look, we're done with this. You guys handle it. And college football not having a commissioner or a czar didn't handle that part. So now we're seeing the remnants of that.”

On what will happen to the ACC:

“I think the big question mark for them is what is Notre Dame gonna do? What is Notre Dame going to end up doing and where are they going to go? Are they going to stay Independent? Will they go ACC or Big Ten? There are a lot of factors. The ACC can't give up on this Notre Dame quest. And I think that's gonna play a big, big role. And what we see as far as realignment, the grant of rights gives them some time. But I don't think that buys you 14 years or however many years left, they're going to have to make some moves to keep Miami, to keep Clemson, to keep Florida State.”

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