Media members try to show their knowledge

By: Shawn Stinson - Sports editor

This is the time of year when members of the media attempt to show either how much or how little they know about football.

The ACC released the media preseason media poll at the annual ACC Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort.

Clemson and Florida State were the overwhelming favorites to win the ACC championship. Clemson earned 84 votes and Florida State snagged 41. Georgia Tech was the next choice and the only other school to receive double-digit votes with 20. Virginia Tech grabbed seven, North Carolina three, Miami two and North Carolina State one.

We will get back to that surprising vote for the Wolfpack in a moment.

The Coastal Division is wide open and the media couldn’t fully support one school over the other six. Georgia Tech was the top pick, earning 96 first-place votes. Virginia Tech was the second pick, grabbing 44 votes. Miami (seven), Duke (four), North Carolina (four) and Pittsburgh (three) also received first-place votes.

The Yellow Jackets finished 150 points ahead of the Hokies, earning 991. The Hurricanes just edged the Blue Devils for third by 17 points and the Tar Heels were only 25 points behind their rivals. The Panthers finished with 535 points, 45 behind UNC. The Cavaliers were a distant seventh with 220.

There was very little surprise in the rugged Atlantic Division as Clemson, Florida State and Louisville were picked as the top three finishers. The Tigers received 101 first-place votes, the Seminoles grabbed 56 and the Cardinals earned the other one.

In the overall voting, Clemson finished with 1,032 points, 40 better than Florida State. Louisville had 746 and North Carolina State notched 673. Boston College was fifth with 473 points, followed by Syracuse (291) and Wake Forest (217).

Now, no one can say members of the media are the smartest bunch, but we as a whole should be able to understand that N.C. State didn’t receive one first-place vote in the Atlantic Division. Since you can only advance to the ACC Championship Game by winning your division, this would make the Wolfpack’s trip to Charlotte and subsequent victory nearly impossible.

The conference doesn’t release the names of voters, but this time it would have been nice so we could all ask them nicely how in the world they managed to do it. Perhaps it was a slip of the mouse or maybe they forgot they didn’t have the Wolfpack winning the Atlantic.

That voter’s snafu wasn’t the biggest one to come out of the ACC Kickoff this week. The honor belongs to someone from the conference office.

In this year’s ACC Football Media Guide, there were three words underneath the 2014 results from Wake Forest. As much as some Demon Deacon fans may have felt the same way at times last season, everyone is pretty sure that phrase wasn’t supposed to be included.

The words on page 145 were so bad the ACC was forced to pull the remaining copies from circulation and will reprint the publication.

A picture of unedited version of the media guide page can be found at But it is definitely not suitable for children under 18.

Reach managing editor Shawn Stinson at 910-817-2671 and follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.

Shawn Stinson

Sports editor