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Old 05-13-2019, 06:54 PM
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It is time for this week’s edition of The Insider Report.

We hope everyone had a great weekend and a great Mother's Day.

ACC Network is all the talk at spring meetings

The Clemson Insider is in Amelia Island, Florida this week covering the ACC Spring Meetings from the Ritz-Carlton.

Of course, the big talk this week centers around the launch of the ACC Network which is set to begin in August. ESPN has a big presence here this week as they have flown in all of the big wigs at the network as well as some of the television personalities you will see on the ACC Network this coming fall.

We spoke with former Clemson offensive lineman Eric Mac Lain on Monday. He is excited to start his new job as in-studio analyst for the network. The network will fly Mac Lain up to Bristol from Charlotte every Thursday for his studio work and then back home on Sundays.

Clemson women’s basketball coach Amanda Butler says the women’s head coaches are excited about the new network because it gives them even more exposure than they ever had. She says its going to help with recruiting and will give her sport and conference even more exposure.

As for Clemson’s participation in the network, the athletic department has put in a lot of money and time to make sure Clemson is a full partner and can do all the broadcast needs that are associated with the ACC Network.
A number of sports and their broadcasts will come right out of the Jervey Athletic Center.

“We are in a great position from an equipment perspective and from a technical perspective,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “We are ready to go and just feed that into the ACC Network.”

ACC is still trying to sell the network

ESPN’s ACC Network has already landed with DirecTV, Hulu and PlayStation Vue as cable and media stream servers to watch its network, but the network still has not landed with some of the big cable providers such as Charter, Comcast and Spectrum.

The league is hoping to be on those cable providers’ programming by August, but right now they are not. The ACC Network is scheduled to launch on Aug. 19. The Georgia Tech at Clemson game will be the first live event on the network on Aug. 29 to kick off the season.

For the record Comcast is the cable provider for the city of Clemson.

What city could ruin Greenville’s and Myrtle Beach’s chance to host ACC Baseball Tourney?

As you read earlier on our site, the ACC Tournament will be moving from Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Greenville and Myrtle Beach are being considered as possible host cities. The conference’s athletic directors are talking about the bids from possible host sites this week in Amelia Island.

Radakovich says he will be advocating hard for the ACC to bring the tournament back to the Palmetto State. Right now, however, it seems like Greensboro is the biggest competition for Greenville and Myrtle Beach.
The Palmetto State has not hosted the ACC Tournament since 1995 when it was in Greenville. Myrtle Beach was set to host it in 2009, but the boycott surrounding the Confederate Flag flying over the Statehouse in Columbia got the tournament taken away from South Carolina.
Maybe this will be the time when South Carolina gets it back.

DRad has “great faith in Brad” Brownell

Radakovich told TCI today he still has great faith in Brad Brownell, despite the program’s inability to get back to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year. Clemson finished the season 20-14 and lost in the second-round of the NIT to Wichita State.

“It was a tough year in men’s basketball just because of how close we were in some of those games, but I have great faith in Brad,” he said. “They are going to go to Italy, represent the United States at the World University games. So, that is really a positive.”

Brownell is looking for a new assistant coach after having to let Steve Smith go last week following his comments involving the recruitment of Zion Williamson and things he said in regards to Clemson football.

Clemson basketball is also looking for a new coach to be in charge of recruiting. Lucas McKay left the program last month to be an assistant coach at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He had been with Brownell dating back to Brownell’s UNC Wilmington days, including all nine years at Clemson.

Clemson getting a lot of interest for new men’s tennis coach

Radakovich said he is blown away by the number of applications they have received from coaches who want to be Clemson’s new men’s tennis coach.

The Tigers are looking for a new coach after not renewing John Boetsch’s contract last Wednesday.

“It has just blown me away by the number of people that have been interested in the program,” Radakovich said. “We are going to take that to the next steps here in the coming weeks.”

Clemson of course is even a more attractive job after the opening of the new Duckworth tennis facility in Clemson. The new facility is one of the best, if not the best, tennis facility in the country with seven brand-new inside courts and 12 more on the outside. It also has brand new coaches’ offices and more.

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Old 05-13-2019, 07:53 PM
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The acc needs to realize the league is about sports and to keep its nose out of politics. The bathroom crap caused them to miss out on a sellout a couple of years ago.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:18 PM
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Disappointed to hear Dan comments. I thought with Smith fiasco would have taken BB down with him. Look like we are statisfy with mediocrity. I guess he will make a change next year when only 3k show up to the games
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The acc needs to realize the league is about sports and to keep its nose out of politics. The bathroom crap caused them to miss out on a sellout a couple of years ago.
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:31 AM
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Like the professional sports leagues, the ACC doesn't want to tarnish it's brand by tacitly endorsing racist and/or homophobic policies coming from some States. Sports is the ultimate meritocracy - blocks, tackles, hits, shots are non-discriminatory. If a league or conference wants event hosts that reflect that ideal, good for it.

If NC wants to pass an absolutely idiotic bathroom bill - a solution in search of a problem if there ever was one - it's free to do so, but it is also going to cost itself sporting events, Amazon jobs, etc. It's called "wanting to have your cake and eat it to."
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:32 AM
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Disappointed to hear Dan comments. I thought with Smith fiasco would have taken BB down with him. Look like we are statisfy with mediocrity. I guess he will make a change next year when only 3k show up to the games
The unfortunate truth, here.
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Old 05-14-2019, 07:32 AM
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Liked the interview with CAB (in your other post), womens hoops is in great hands. A year in and she brings in 6 more plus 3 she had waiting a year.

I am a skeptic on the network but hopefully it will pump more $$$ into ACC cofers.

As for baseball me love to see the tnmt move to the ATL. At least rotate it around why settle on one location.

Hope tennis pulls in a good one.
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As a father I had no problem whatsoever with the NC bathroom bill.

I agree that the ACC should stay out of politics.
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As a father I had no problem whatsoever with the NC bathroom bill.

I agree that the ACC should stay out of politics.
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As a father I had no problem whatsoever with the NC bathroom bill.

I agree that the ACC should stay out of politics.

Presumably not a father of a transgendered child?
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:07 AM
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I am a skeptic on the network but hopefully it will pump more $$$ into ACC cofers.

As for baseball me love to see the tnmt move to the ATL. At least rotate it around why settle on one location.
The B1G and SEC had such a head-start, but we've got the whole eastern seaboard. And Notre Dame. If football programing is the primary driver of the SEC Network success, we need the conference to continue to improve. But I am still curious how this will work... if this is replacing another ESPN network so will roll-out with a large initial subscriber base, it's a good head start. I'll automatically get it in Connecticut, whereas I would have to pay extra for SEC, which I don't. That seems like a good plus.

While MB makes sense on some level, I would love to see the tournament back in the Upstate. They should share the wealth with conference tournaments and this would be a good one for the State. It's been 20+ years, but I thought it had been considered a success when the tournament was in Greer.
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Presumably not a father of a transgendered child?
Not the right forum for this buddy.
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How did this thread become about HB2? As a CLT resident I implore you please let us move on with our lives.

Now we all know the tournament is going to be in Greensboro, because swoffy puts everything in Durham or Greensboro. Until we get a new commish or the TV partners start complaining, this conference will always slant towards tobacco road.
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Not the right forum for this buddy.
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I'll change gears...Does DirectTV on board mean that it'll be in the u-Verse lineup? I believe both are AT&T.
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I'll change gears...Does DirectTV on board mean that it'll be in the u-Verse lineup? I believe both are AT&T.
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AT&T appears to be negotiating with content providers independently for each of their services. For example DirecTV has an agreement with the NFL Network, but DirecTV NOW does not. DirecTV is owned by AT&T but they're still running it as it's own entity, they even have separate call centers, tech support, and billing.
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AT&T appears to be negotiating with content providers independently for each of their services. For example DirecTV has an agreement with the NFL Network, but DirecTV NOW does not. DirecTV is owned by AT&T but they're still running it as it's own entity, they even have separate call centers, tech support, and billing.
Well that's not the news I wanted to hear...
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