Thursday, May 17, 2007


...on ESPN's list of underachieving athletic programs.

Ouch. labeled Florida State and Virginia among their most underachieving programs of the past decade. The list is topped by Michigan, but FSU and Virginia file right behind at #2 and #3, respectively. Most ACC fans have been waiting for Florida State to emerge to top half of the ACC standings, yet it hasn't happened. They've not made the NCAAs since 1998, despite having a very good coach [Leonard Hamilton] who has NBA ties.

According to AOL ACC FANHOUSE: True, but what irks everyone is that the Noles have shown the ability to beat the Dukes and Carolinas at home, but cannot climb their way out of the group of Clemsons of the league. ACC fans know that Florida State is a football school in a basketball conference, but the goods are there for them to compete. Remember, their first league game was a win at North Carolina.

As for Virginia, things should look up in the long term. The new John Paul Jones Arena was a nightmare stop for ACC foes this season and joins the Smith Center, Comcast Center, RBC Center and Lawrence Joel as NBA-sized arenas that can suffocate you with it's home court advantage [of course, one of the ACC's smallest venues, Cameron Indoor, claims the ultimate advantage]. The nice facilities, great coach and academic history should lure more top recruits to the school.
As far as the Boo-Hoos are concerned, we have just dos palabras: Puerto Rico.

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