As of last Saturday, the following seven ACC teams are bowl eligible: Boston College (9-2), Clemson (8-3), Florida State (7-4), Georgia Tech (7-4), Virginia (9-2), Virginia Tech (9-2), and Wake Forest (7-4). On the bubble is Maryland (5-6), Miami (5-6), and NC State (5-6). The ACC currently has 8 bowl tie-ins for the 2007 season.
Want to know one of the things wrong with college football? Try the excessive salaries paid to head coaches. Case in point is the increase in salary given to UNC head coach Butch Davis this past week. Former UNC system President Bill Friday criticized a college athletics "arms race" today, but the chairman of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Trustees called football coach Butch Davis’ $291,000 raise the cost of being competitive. Davis got a one-year contract extension and the raise this week despite posting a 3-8 record heading into the final game Saturday against Duke. The board of trustees has to approve the raise, which would bring his compensation to more $2 million a year, including endorsements from the Nike shoe company and bonuses. Unbelievable.
In reaction to UNC's raise for Davis, NC State athletic director Lee Fowler was asked about the compensation package for NC State head coach Tom O'Brien. "Tom's contract is really set up and he wanted it that way that if you perform at a high level, you'll make really good money," said Fowler, who was in Florida to watch N.C. State's men's basketball team in the Old Spice Classic. "I think that's a very fair and honest way to do things, and so we're really happy the way we've got his contract structured."