ACC winter meetings begin today

The ACC is going to need a bigger meeting room for its winter meetings this week in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., than it has had in previous years.

Pittsburgh is now at the table. So is Syracuse. And even Louisville and Notre Dame have seats this week as ACC athletic directors, senior staff members and faculty advisers meet to discuss a broad range of topics. Louisville, the ACC's newest member, won't join the conference until 2014 at the earliest, but its future is in limbo, as the ACC and Maryland are still tangled in lawsuits. Maryland is hoping this is its last year in the ACC before joining the Big Ten. Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson might be feeling just a wee bit awkward at these meetings.

Representatives from the ACC's television partners -- ESPN and Raycom -- are also in attendance. The football coaches are not.

This has been labeled as more of a blue-sky type of meeting that is expected to cover a wide range of topics and focus on the future of the league and its identity with the new members and Notre Dame. There are three main topics that will be discussed, though:

  • Future scheduling, bowl tie-ins and the future of the postseason

  • Television contracts

  • NCAA legislation topics that came out of the NCAA convention earlier this month in Grapevine, Texas. Two of the main topics were trying to simplify rules, and changing the recruiting climate.

From what I understand, there aren't necessarily specific issues that will be voted on. It depends more on what kind of turns the discussions take. I'll update you with any news that emerges in the next few days.