There is a reason this guy doesn’t do anything in his life other than yap on the television.
With a mindset like this, why do people even bother playing the games?
At some point, you really have to wonder if the ACC will approach its broadcast partner(ESPN?) that Patrick works for to get him off of ACC broadcasts completely. Why would the ACC want a guy doing conference games when he does nothing but promote Duke and UNC while denigrating the rest of the league through mis-truths, outright lies, and idiotic statements? Here he was last night doing a game that didn’t even involve an ACC team, yet he is out there promoting this idea that just because UNC and Duke are in the ACC that no coach should want to work in that conference. What great publicity for Georgia Tech and NC State to a national audience last night as both schools attempt to make a crucial hire!
Is that the type of publicity the ACC is looking for as a conference? Should the league office allow this guy to continually promote that no program besides Duke or UNC is worth a shit in this conference?
Who needs enemies when you have “partners” doing your games like Patrick, “partners”(ESPN and Raycom) allowing Patrick(Gman, Elmore, etc…) to dump on 10 of 12 teams in the conference, and an ACC commissioner who does absolutely nothing to correct the behaviors of these “partners” contracted to promote the conference as a whole?
Patrick makes this statement as if other major conferences don’t have dominant teams. While the Pac-10 is currently down, for decades+ Arizona and UCLA have dominated that conference as much as Duke and UNC have the ACC. Since Billy Donovan arrived at Florida, the Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats have dominated the SEC. In the Big East, you have 3 hall of fame coaches at Syracuse, UConn, and Louisville and a #1 seed this year in Pitt. In the Big 12, there are dominant programs like Kansas and Texas. Does Patrick even know anything about the Big 10 which has two of the top programs in the country in Ohio St. and Michigan St(not to mention Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana, etc..)?
Honestly, is there any conference a coach can target that doesn’t have at least two of the premiere programs of all-time followed by a bunch of other solid programs that shouldn’t be avoided with Patrick’s logic? Why would any coach want to coach anywhere?
Another point that Patrick misses and Mike Decourcy missed yesterday as well on the Dave Glenn show is that college basketball isn’t a regular season sport. It will obviously be difficult for any coach to win regular season titles in the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, etc… It is tough to do. If this was college football, then that would matter as generally you have to win your conference to have a shot at the national title and/or make BCS bowl game.
But in college basketball, there are 68 teams that make the NCAA tournament and whether you finish 1st or 3rd-6th in your conference you have have a shot to make a deep run in March. You can make that deep run at NC State or Georgia Tech or Maryland just as easily as any other non-top 2 program(UNC/Duke, Kansas/Texas, Mich St./Ohio St, UConn/Pitt, UF/UK, Arizona/UCLA) from every other conference. Even WF and UVA are high quality jobs and with the right coach you have every chance to win at a high level nationally. In the ACC right now, traditional football programs like BC, VT, FSU, and Clemson finished immediately behind Duke and UNC. That statement alone tells you how wide open the ACC is at this moment and that is without considering eventual retirements of the league’s top 3 coaches: Roy, K, and Gary.
When is Swofford going to step up, defend the other 10 basketball programs in his conference, and get Mike Patrick off of ACC basketball games?
Probably never, unfortunately for 10 schools in the ACC.