July 20, 2015

Incoming Baseball Recruits

Major propers to Perfect Game and Prep Baseball Report for the information below.  College baseball recruiting is still not nearly as mainstream as football and basketball recruiting, but these two sites (among others) are on the cutting edge.

Before I do a deep dive into projections for Virginia Baseball 2016, I wanted to introduce Hoofans and Wahooze Nation to our incoming class of recruits.  There's some instant impact among these guys, and even though Evan Sperling is recovering from Tommy John Surgery and likely won't play in 2016, I think we're about to get a major boost on the mound.  (Two as-yet-unnamed JUCO pitchers are going to help, as well.)

Anyway, here's a good, long look at the Virginia Baseball 2015 recruiting class...


OF Doak Dozier
A very good athlete who showed outstanding hitting ability at PG National. Always hits.

Doak Dozier is a 2015 OF with a 6-3 180 lb. frame from Fort Worth, TX who attends Arlington Heights HS. slender young athletic build, very projectable physically. 6.57 runner, athletic actions in the outfield, very good range, plus arm strength, can improve accuracy with a more on line plane, high level centerfield tools. Left handed hitter, upper half rotational hitter, spread stance, can get better low half use, very fast hands create bat speed, handles the barrel well and makes adjustments to pitches, multiple game hits against 90+ mph velocity, impressive hit tool, power to come with additional strength and swing adjustments. Very good all around athlete with skills and projection. Excellent student, verbal commitment to Stanford. Selected for the Perfect Game All-American Classic.

Elite-level college baseball recruit.

I am guessing that Doak Dozier starts in the UVA outfield from Day One.


3B Ryan Karstetter
Bat projects very well. Stood out at WWBA.

As athletic as they come. The body is very athletic and projectable. He will be a big strong man some day. He showed good actions, arm strength and speed and also smoked a double to the center field wall in a game. He is a projection guy that will probably become a big time player at Virginia.

5/20/15 - Another big physical athletic live projectable body. Played some SS but not a true SS. Had loose actions with softness in hands and a solid avg arm. Is an above avg runner. Has quickness and some strength in bat with avg to above avg power. Swing has length to it. Likes the ball down. Will have big power when that body starts to fill out. Could be a good draft but could be tough to get out of Virginia.

3/24/15 - Virginia commit. 6-foot-4, 200 pound infielder with a tall loose athletic lean projectble body.Went 2-3 today with an infield single and ran 4.2 to 1B and also smoked a line drive single up the middle.

3/23/15 - Virginia commit. 6-foot-4, 200 pound infielder with a tall loose athletic lean projectble body. Decent actions with enough arm at third base. Swing has length with avg bat speed. Good path. Barrel stays in the zone. Can drive ball a long way when he gets extended. 4.3 to first base. Very athletic body. High ceiling. Had a single today.

2/4/15 - Virginia commit. Ranked #23 in Florida. 6-foot-4, 200 pound infielder with a tall strong live athletic projectable body. Continues to fill out into a nice looking athlete, and is not finished yet. In the field Karstetter has good actions with decent hands and some arm strength. At the plate, his hands start off low and get nice separation. Bat stays through the zone with a good path. Stays inside ball with quickness and strength. Can drive ball to all fields. Good bat speed. Ball jumps off his bat. Above avg power. Against Clearwater he was 0-5 but had a few loud outs and a couple bang-bang plays at first that showed off his good speed. The body and athleticism will attract a lot of scouts to his games this Spring. Tall lean loose live very athletic projectable body. Loose quick bat with some length and a very good path. Stays inside ball. Can drive ball when he gets extended to all fields. Shows power now with a lot more to come. Bat will continue to improve with added strength. Very high ceiling. Runs a sub 6.5, 60. Avg type actions and hands in infield with enough arm. Could be a 2015 draft. Karstetter is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound corner infielder who is very athletic. This summer the right hander has been clocked at 6.7 in the 60 and has consistently sat 84-85 on the mound.

8/24/14 - Karstetter has a mature 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and showed solid actions and arm strength at the hot corner. Hailing from Pennsylvania (and ranked 19th in the state's 2015 class), the Virginia recruit has some swing-and-miss in his offensive game, but makes hard contact when he gets the barrel to the ball and runs well.

Karstetter could step right in to fill the hotcorner hole left by Kenny Towns.


RHP Evan Sperling
Interesting RHP was up to 94 at WWBA.

A Virginia commit that stands an imposing 6-foot-6 on the mound and throws from a low-three quarter slot. He generates plus movement while creating good deception. He has not sacrificed his velocity, which has been as high as 94 and usually sits 88-92. Sperling also has feel for his curveball and a change-up.

Evan Sperling 2015 MLB draft preview - Sperling has a tall, strong frame at 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and offers a different look, coming through a low-3/4 arm slot. His fastball ranges from the high 80s to low 90s, but can get good life on it, which induces weak contact from hitters. He throws a slider in the mid-70s, though it’s a slurvy pitch and remains a work-in-progress. He also mixes in a changeup at 74-75.


SS Jack Weiller
Jack Weiller is a 2015 SS with a 6-1 170 lb. frame from Katonah, NY who attends John Jay Cross River HS. Medium build with a lean athletic frame. Plenty of room to gain strength. A left handed hitter with a smooth fluid swing. He uses a toe tap trigger and generates good bat speed. Showed a great approach at the plate and is not afraid to use the entire field. Made hard line drive contact up the middle and to the opposite field in game. On the infield he has smooth actions and soft hands. His feet work well and he gets himself in good position to throw. He has a quick release and makes accurate throws. Also ran a 6.89 60 yd dash. Very good in the classroom.

Jack Weiller (John Jay Cross River HS, NY) who emerged as the clear standout in a warm-up game against a Canadian team down in Jupiter last month. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Virginia recruit is a fluid athlete who exudes confidence on the field. Offensively, the left-handed hitter has a relaxed plate approach, one that is highly athletic with an easy, loose swing. In his first at-bat, he got fooled on a pitch but kept his hands back, allowing him to wrist-flick a line-drive single through the right side. Following a walk, he inside-outed a single through the 5-6 hole. Defensively, he moves well laterally and showed good carry across the infield.

Probably the best shortstop in Section 1. Very smooth defensively with range and a strong, accurate arm. Handles the bat extremely well while swinging from the left side. Pretty stroke with great bat speed who uses all fields. Went 2 for 3 with two intentional walks against Lakeland on 04/11. First at-bat, he hit a first-pitch fastball into the left-center field gap for an RBI double. Later in the game, drove a ball down the left field line that hit the foul pole just below the fence for a long single. Definitely has opposite field power and rarely over-swings.

Jack Weiller (John Jay Cross River HS, NY) jumps up two spots (previously No. 11) after impressing the PBR national scouting staff down in Florida a few weeks ago. He recently made the top 100 in our Class of 2015 Overall Rankings coming in at No. 99. Weiller emerged as the clear standout in a warm-up game against a Canadian team down in Jupiter last month. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Virginia recruit is a fluid athlete who exudes confidence on the field. Offensively, the left-handed hitter has a relaxed plate approach, one that is highly athletic with an easy, loose swing. In his first at-bat, he got fooled on a pitch but kept his hands back, allowing him to wrist-flick a line-drive single through the right side. Following a walk, he inside-outed a single through the 5-6 hole. Defensively, he moves well laterally and showed good carry across the infield.

HERE is a nice Q&A with Jack.

Apparently, he was one of Westchester's top jocks.


LHP Connor Eason
Easy upper 80s at PG Junior National with more to come.

Connor Eason is a 2015 LHP/1B with a 6-3 210 lb. frame from Chesapeake, VA who attends Hickory HS. Nice athletic build, strong and loose with some projection remaining. Slow paced leg raise delivery, very loose deep arm action, 3/4's release, accelerates well to the plate, has some deception. Upper 80's fastball, topped at 89 mph, higher velocity fastballs mostly straight, will cut his fastball at 84 mph with good effect. Throws two different curveballs, mid to upper 60's curveball needs to be abandoned, throws it frequently with soft spin and roll, 75 mph breaking ball flashes spin and some bite and can be developed, rare change up. Around the plate with all pitches and mixes well. May throw very hard in a few years, mid 90's possible with arm speed and looseness, has gained 7-8 mph in last year, development of secondary pitches will be key. Potential high ceiling talent. Good student.

A 6-foot-3 Virginia commit who throws from a three-quarters arm slot and hides the ball well with a slight crossfire. Eason works in the mid-to-upper 80s with an athletic frame and a long arm action. He throws a solid slider and change-up and has more velocity in the tank.

He's got that 'future ace' kind of look.


RHP Grant Sloan
Big time two-way talent. Huge ceiling. Very good at PG Junior National.

Grant Sloan is a 2015 RHP/3B/1B with a 6-5 205 lb. frame from Zionsville, IN who attends Zionsville Community HS. Tall slender build, some present strength with room for lots more, long limbs. Compact arm action, over the top arm slot, tends to fall off to the first base side on release, arm is fast and loose coming through. Upper 80's fastball, topped out at 90 mph, gets very good running and sinking life at times. Slurve type breaking ball shows very good depth at times, hard spin with good bite. Rare change up. Projects well on the mound. Right handed hitter, open stance, long stride into contact, long lifting swing with an early hand release out front, has some raw power potential, can shorten up for more consistent contact. Very good student.

4/1/15 GAME NOTES: The Virginia commit was up to 91 last night, but struggled with command; up in the zone and behind in the count. Threw 3 1/3 innings striking out 4 and walking 2, allowed 5 Runs, 2 Earned.

2/22/14 - 6-foot-4, 195 pound Junior is committed to Virginia. Sloan has a strong athletic frame with a strong arm. At the he showcased a heavy fastball with little effort at 85 mph . The No. 13 ranked Sloan has been up to 89 mph with his fastball and arguably has one of the highest ceilings in the 2015 class. The Virginia commit needs to become more consistent this spring, and if he does should be talked about in regards to the 2015 draft. Fielding: Possesses a strong, athletic arm across the diamond at 87 mph. Hands are above average and shows good athleticism in the field. Footwork is fluid and has a clean exchange. Offensively uses a leg kick. Shows above average bat speed. Swing path is level and gets to extension. Barrels up the baseball with some power. Ran a 7.00 60 at the event. Sloan is committed to Virginia as a RHP.

7/22/13 - Sloan is an interesting prospect. Sloan is better every time out, touching 89 at the Area Code workout. He was consistently 84-87. Offensively, the swing is there, but has been inconsistent in game action at the plate. Expect Sloan to gain more attention nationally very soon. Fall 2012: Sloan is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound Class of 2015 3B/RHP. He runs a 7.18 60 and is 74 across the infield. At the plate, Sloan shows an advanced approach at the plate with the ability to barrel the ball to all sides of the field. His swing plane was short and level. Sloan consistently showed the ability to hit the ball to both gaps with good pop. On the mound, he is 83-85 with his fastball, and 70-73 with his breaking ball. He shows the ability to throw both pitches for a strike. Sloan is a high-follow, two-way player in Indiana’s loaded 2015 class.

Grant Sloan - (Zionsville HS, IN) has a projectable frame at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds. His fastball sits in the mid to upper 80s and can creep into the low 90s. Committed to Virginia, he’ll be one to watch down the road.

Will Sloan be ready to help the Hoos in 2015?


LHP Daniel Lynch
Lynch, a Virginia commit, is a lanky 6-foot-5, 165 pound, LHP. On the mound, Lynch is smooth with a good rhythm and stays on line. He has the ability to move in and out with a fastball that sits 85-87 mph, touching 88 mph on occasion. Lynch also offers a breaking ball that sits 73-76 mph that could end up as a plus pitch and a change up that has a split finger type action at 74-76 mph.


OF Cameron Simmons
Cameron Simmons is a 2015 OF/RHP with a 6-4 190 lb. frame from Royersford, PA who attends Spring-Ford HS. Long and lean athletic build, has some present strength with more to come. Excellent defensive tools in the outfield, 6.55 speed in the sixty, works to the ball very well, good footwork and release on his throws, long fast arm action with on line carry, big centerfield tools. Right handed hitter, closed stance, some backside collapse, short line drive swing, could extend and separate better, has strength at contact and the ball comes off the barrel well, mid field contact, has leverage and bat speed he isn't using at present but projects offensively. Good student.

Cameron Simmons - Cameron Simmons is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound OF/RHP from Spring-Ford HS. He is a terrific athlete with plus speed and arm strength. 4/10/17 Simmons is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete that is toolsy with a great frame. Has above average arm strength and foot speed (especially for someone his size), plus good bat speed. Made adjustment after strikeout on ball away in first at-bat to smoke opposite field single in second at-bat. Ran a 4.25 home-to-1B on a barreled ground ball to SS.



SS Jonathan Meola
Oustanding all around SS.



OF Jake McCarthy
McCarthy is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder who attends Scranton HS. He is a multi-sport athlete and plus runner with a smooth stroke.



3B Nathan Eikhoff
An athletic player who has outstanding hands at the plate and in the field. Eikhoff has the ability to hit for a high average, spraying line drives the other way and up the gaps from his left-handed stance. He has the bat speed to develop significant power as he fills out and begins to turn on balls.



RHP Grant Donahue
HERE is a nice Q&A with Grant Donahue.



RHP Chesdin Harrington
A classic Virginia-bound righty, tall, athletic, and projectable. Harrington’s fastball has been up as high as 89 mph and he usually works in the mid-80s. He has good feel for his change-up and curveball and has a frame that suggests there is more velocity to come.


C Cameron Comer

Here's good amount on Cam Comer, but it's really old!

8/1/12 - 6-foot, 160-pound prospect with solid frame and strength projection. Has excellent ability with the bat from the left side. Upright stance with high hand trigger. Shows balance in swing. Squares barrel well on ball. Quick into hittting zone with long finish. Shows power loft on pull. Defensively, grades well from third base showing good feet and hands with good arm strength from all angles (81 mph). Behind the plate, has lateral movement and block ability. Accepts ball with 2.0 to 2.04 split time and 77 mph velocity from the crouch. Registered a 7.32 60-yard dash.

1/28/12 - Medium body with strength projection. Good athlete. Worked out at numerous positions. (5.3 40 yd dash). Best skill is his bat. Definite HR power potential, has loft. Squared upright stance with quick bat speed into zone, squares barrel on ball with controlled upper-cut. Good load & finish. Needs to enhance his consistency in lower half which will come. Defensively, projects best as a corner infielder, has corner infield range, accepts ball well with 4 grade arm. As a catcher, shows some lateral ability but needs enhancement in footwork and glove to hand exchange (2.18-2.22 pop) On the mound, he shows moderate arm speed through 3/4 slot. Needs to enhance velocity. FB (77-80 mph) with some late movement; some feel and spin on curve (63-64 mph) and good arm side run on change (70-71). Bat will make him major D-1 candidate, but he needs to master a defensive position. 

12/18/11 - Comer is an athletic infield prospect. In the field, he uses long, easy arm action from a high 3/4 arm slot to generate a top velocity of 70 mph across the infield. In time, he should become more polished as he improves his footwork. At the plate, the left-handed hitter uses a swing that you could watch all day. He uses a balanced, athletic setup. He displays a smooth, easy load and rhythm along with a short stride. He uses an explosive lower half and quick bat speed to generate gap-to-gap tendencies. As he becomes physically stronger, Comer will become even more of a threat at the plate.

More recent stuff on Cam...

2/5/15 - Comer started his day off by running a 7.18-second 60 and then showed good footwork and a clean exchange during the defense portion. He threw from a long, high-3/4 slot with pop times consistently in 2.00-2.10 range. In the infield, he showed good range and the ability throw from different slots across the diamond. He really shined during batting practice. He starts with a spread out stance that keeps him balanced. He showed good rhythm and quick hands spraying the ball to all fields and showed some power to the pull side.

2/2/15 - During the position workout Olentangy Liberty standout Cam Comer showed well. The Virginia commit started off by running a 7.18 60-yard dash. During the defensive portion of the workout, behind the dish Cam showed good footwork and clean exchange. He threw from a long, high-¾ slot with pop times of 2.00-2.01 consistently. In the infield he showed good range and able throw from different slots across the diamond. The 9th ranked player in Ohio’s 2015 class really shined in the BP portion of the workout. He starts with a spread out stance that keeps him balanced. Shows good rhythm and quick hands. The left-handed hitter sprayed the ball to all fields and showed some power to the pull side. Definitely showed as one of the top hitters at this event.

1/28/15 - Comer’s strongest tool may be his bat as he possesses a smooth with quick hands through the zone, an advanced approach and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He has good reactions behind the plate to go with a quick release and strong arm.

11/17/14 - The Virginia staff first saw Comer at the 16U level as his Ohio Elite squad played in a tournament at UVA. They later followed up as McMullen shadowed Comer in the fall of 2013 at the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass in Fort Myers, Florida. Comer is easily the top hitter in the state and continues to impress even pro scouts.
Heir apparent to Matt Thaiss?


2B Andy Weber
Andy Weber is a 2015 2B with a 6-0 172 lb. frame from Aurora, OH who attends Aurora. Large, athletic frame, well built frame, lean with room to fill out with added strength. Ran a 7.17 60 yard dash. Primary second baseman, displays athletic actions, light on feet, strong range to either side, works through the ball nicely, quick and smooth release, strong arm with carry and accuracy. Left handed hitter, rotational swing, line drive swing plane, power to pull side, gets backspin on the ball with loft to right field, good back speed, ball creates a good sound off the barrel. Very good student. Named to National Underclass Session 3 Top Prospect Team.

Weber, who has gone a bit under the radar, was a camp discovery. The athletic prospect quietly pulled the trigger to the Cavaliers. The Virginia staff continues their trend of pulling athletic, versatile, left-handed hitting prospects to the Charlottesville campus.


June 24, 2015

Tonight, For All the Marbles



Wow, great game last night.

Adam Haseley was huge.  Just absolutely huge.



Hats off to Coach O'Connor for having the stones to start the freshman on such a big stage, in such a big moment.  Wow.

Granted, Haseley is likely to be our Saturday starter in 2016, but still.

Just absolutely huge.

Also huge: Ernie Clement and [especially] Thomas Woodruff, our 8-9 hitters who rang up a combined 6-for-8 with 3 RBI in a game we won 3-0.  Woodruff, as you know, hardly ever plays, and hardly ever played in four years in the program, unless his wheels were needed as a pinch runner.  Just incredible.



And you can't say enough good things about Josh Sborz.  He's easily one of the top three pitchers in the Brian O'Connor era at Virginia, joining Danny Hultzen, and...



Brandon Waddell, who draws tonight's start in the game that will determine the national championship.  And, oh yeah, our injured ace and 1st round draft pick who should be fueled by the quest for redemption against Vanderbilt after last season's game 1 meltdown in the championship series - Nathan Kirby - is available out of the bullpen.

We play tonight for all the marbles.  Can you believe it?

It sucks that we'll have to suffer through the truly awful announcing trio of Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson, and Aaron Boone and that uber-annoying Vandy whistler, but hey.  Gotta suffer for our craft, ya dig?  Rally, Hoofans.

Assbags.

Make no mistake about this: If we win, it would be the biggest, most important UVA national championship to date, in any sport, ever.

There's a hierarchy of sports in the NCAA, based on revenue and fan interest (as per demand for television coverage and value in media rights deals).

#1 Football
~~~ long drop-off ~~~
#2 Men's Basketball
~~~ long drop-off ~~~
#3 Baseball
#4 Women's Basketball
#5 Men's Hockey 
(for the 59 schools who play it at the D1 level)
#6 Men's Soccer
#7 Men's Lacrosse (rising fast)
~~~ drop-off ~~~
Everything else

The importance of the specific sports to an athletic department are pretty obvious when you look at that list, and I think you can understand why winning a national championship in baseball would be such a big deal for UVA.



Just for gits and shiggles, here's the list of the 22 national championships UVA has won to date.

Boxing (1): 1938
Cross Country (2): 1981, 1982
Lacrosse (5): 1972, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2011
Rowing (2): 2010, 2012
Soccer (7): 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2009, 2014
Tennis (2): 2013, 2015
Women's Lacrosse (3): 1991, 1993, 2004

womp, womp

If *poof* the devil appeared and offered me a trade of X number of our historic national championships in order to provide us with one in Omaha tonight, I would trade Boxing, both CC, two of the lax titles, both Rowing, three of the Soccer titles, one Tennis, and two of the Women's lax championships in order to win one in baseball.  That's a going rate of 13 titles for the one in baseball.

Good thing it doesn't work that way, as I love and cherish each of our 22 championships (and I mean no disrespect to the players, coaches, administrators, and fans who earned them!)  But I hope this illustrates JUST HOW FUCKING BIG THIS WOULD BE IF WE'RE ABLE TO WIN TONIGHT!!!

It would rank up there with UVA football over FSU in 1995 and UVA basketball over Duke in the 2014 ACC championship game as my favorite moments as a Hoofan.  Like, I would probably weep.  Big, huge, heaving sobs.



So, tonight is big.  It's huge.  We really probably shouldn't even be in this game.  But you know, that's exactly what makes us so dangerous.  I feel like Vanderbilt is looking us right in the face and seeing A Team of Destiny, and deep down they know they can't do a damn thing about it.

Didn't you get that feeling last night?  Watching those Vanderbilt players, it seemed like it was written all over their faces.  "Oh fuck."  They already know what's going to happen tonight, and it's not a good outcome for them.

Again, this run in the postseason has been a ton of fun, and even if we lose, that won't be diminished.  Like I said yesterday, we're playing with house money.  We still have a chip and a chair, and now we're man-up in the final.

GO HOOS!  Go out there and own your destiny as the Kings of Omaha.




June 23, 2015

"A chip and a chair."

You've heard this saying by now, right?  The unofficial slogan of this miraculous postseason run for the Hoos?

Well, here we are.  Backs against the wall, but only after advancing further than anyone thought we had a chance to advance.  To borrow another poker idiom, we're playing with house money.  We have been since Lake Elsinore.  So screw it.

We go out there tonight, and maybe we lose, but holy crap it has been one helluva ride.

The good news is that we still have a chip, and we still have a chair.  That's more than 299 other D1 baseball programs can say today.

I have no idea who's going to pitch tonight.  Odds seem good that EVERYBODY is going to pitch tonight.  Smart money is on Nathan Kirby getting the start, but I'll be watching for Adam Haseley to take the mound at some point.  It's kitchen sink time.

This Vanderbilt team is loaded.  Just absolutely loaded.  And they trumped our ugly-ass lucky uniforms with uglier-ass luckier uniforms last night; they trumped our ace with a better ace; they trumped our pop-gun offense with cap-gun offense.  Tonight is a new game, a new chance to get some traction in this series.

If not?  Game over, and it was one helluva ride.

GO HOOS!  Thank you for an excellent postseason run.



June 18, 2015

ACC Divisional Alignment

I know I should be talking about baseball right now.  Believe me, baseball is pretty much all I'm thinking about!  But now that it's out that Nathan Kirby is starting tomorrow's game against Florida, there isn't much to say or pontificate upon.  We feel like a team of destiny.  We look like a team of destiny.  We feel like a team of destiny.  Two chances to beat Florida once, I like those odds... but the Gators might be (probably are) the best team in the country.  But we feel like a team of destiny.

I'll give the Hoos a 50-50 shot, really, a coin flip's chance, to beat the Gators once in the next two games and advance to the championship series.

For a team of destiny, I like those odds!


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For now, with a focus on football, let's talk about divisional alignment in the ACC.  (I know, awkward, jarring transition.  Don't care.  My blog.)

Here's the current divisional alignment in the ACC:

ATLANTIC
Boston College
Clemson
Florida State
Louisville
NC State
Syracuse
Wake Forest

COASTAL
Duke
Georgia Tech
Miami
North Carolina
Pittsburgh
Virginia
Virginia Tech

The current crossover rivalries are:
  • Boston College / Virginia Tech
  • Clemson / Georgia Tech
  • Florida State / Miami
  • Louisville / Virginia
  • NC State / North Carolina
  • Syracuse / Pittsburgh
  • Wake Forest / Duke


ACC teams play every other team in their division once (6 games), their permanent crossover rival once (+1 game = 7 total), and then rotate through the remaining six teams, one per year (+1 game = 8 total).  Many fans think it sucks that it's possible to go a full five years - HALF A DECADE! - without playing a specific member of your conference.  I am one of those people.  For example, as much as awful as it is to watch us get our asses kicked by Clemson and FSU, I think it's somehow worse to think we won't see Klempsun again 'til 2020 or the Semenholes again 'til 2019.  We share a conference for shit's sake!  We should be playing each other more often!

I guess the other side of that coin is that I don't give two figs if Virginia ever plays BC, L'Ville, Syracuse, Miami, or Pitt.  Fine opponents, sure.  Good conference-mates.  But those football games mean nothing to me.

Anyway, halting this digression... It sounds like the ACC wants to stick with its scheduling model, at least for now.  But it also sounds like it's open to tinkering with the divisions.  Hence this Wahooze post.


Before I plow in, you have some required reading.


Teel Time: An easy divisional change to enhance ACC football, create VT-Clemson rivalry

ATLANTIC
Boston College
Clemson
Florida State
Georgia Tech
NC State
Syracuse
Wake Forest

COASTAL
Duke
Louisville
Miami
North Carolina
Pittsburgh
Virginia
Virginia Tech

Teel floated his idea last spring, and I think it's a decent concept... as far as band-aids go.  It's elegant and simple, and carries some tangible benefit.

Swapping L'ville and GT would:
  • Give the ACC an annual FSU/GT game, a ratings win for the conference.
  • Allow for a VT/Clemson crossover rivalry, another annual game that's a ratings win for the conference.
  • Establish BC as UVA's annual crossover.  I think that's a slightly easier SoS piece for the Hoos, essentially swapping Georgia Tech for Boston College.
  • Make FSU and Clemson - potentially the ACC's biggest flight risks - happy.
But I ultimately don't like it because it would set Virginia up to play annual games against five members of the "New ACC" (VT, Miami, L'ville, Pitt, BC) with only two annual games against the "Old ACC" (UNC, Duke).  Personally, I want as many annual games against the Old ACC as we can get.  So for me, Teel's idea is a non-starter, strictly from a Hoofan's perspective.


ESPN: Having fun with ACC division realignment

ESPN Option 1: Rivalries housed within the divisions.

ATLANTIC
Boston College
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
Pittsburgh
Syracuse

COASTAL
Duke
Clemson
NC State
North Carolina
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

I love this idea for Virginia, but think that Florida State would hate it -- it'd give them five games against the New ACC.  Plus, all of those Big East teams didn't join the ACC so they could start playing Big East teams with ACC logos on their fields.  So it's probably a non-starter.  HOWEVER, going with this alignment would allow for the elimination of the crossover rivals, opening up the scheduling so that each team would play every other team at least every three years.  I like that component quite a bit... but the ACC losing the inventory of an annual FSU/Clemson game isn't good for the conference.


ESPN Option 2: Balanced divisions.

ATLANTIC
Boston College
Clemson
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Syracuse

COASTAL
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Miami
NC State
North Carolina
Wake Forest

Nutshell, six of the 14 ACC teams are "New ACC."  If any more than three of those six teams end up in Virginia's division, I am going to hate it.  With ESPN's second option, we get five of them, PLUS we would lose The South's Oldest Rivalry.  No thanks.


ACC Football Rx: Unequal Divisions?

GROUP OF 6
Clemson
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
Wake Forest

GROUP OF 8
Boston College
Duke
NC State
North Carolina
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech

Interesting.  Very fucking interesting.  I like it!  But it's way too complex and nuanced for the mouthbreathing idiots who are fans of some of these ACC schools to be able to grasp (a nod toward Blacksburg).


There are lots of other blog posts and sports page columns and opinion pieces about this topic that you can dig through the internet to find.  Like assholes, everyone has one!  As in, everyone has an idea for ACC Divisional Alignment.  I have an asshole too, and it poops shit!  Here we go...

THE WAHOOZE MODEL for ACC ALIGNMENT

ATLANTIC
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
Syracuse
Wake Forest

COASTAL
Boston College
Clemson
North Carolina
NC State
Pittsburgh
Virginia
Virginia Tech


Keep crossover rivals, which would look like this:
  • Duke / North Carolina
  • Florida State / Clemson
  • Georgia Tech / Virginia
  • Louisville / Pittsburgh
  • Miami / Virginia Tech
  • Syracuse / Boston College
  • Wake Forest / NC State

Boom.

Okay, discuss.