Change Is In The Air

New Additions to ACC and Big East

By Helen Sowell, staff writer

In just a few weeks, college football “kicks-off” the 2011 season and if you’re impatient like most gridiron groupies, the dog days of summer have lingered too long. It’s time to put on the pads, line up nose-to-nose and get down to business. There’s change in the air and none more apparent than in the ACC and Big East.

Twenty-four BCS schools will open with a new head coach - three of those will represent ACC universities and three will lead from the Big East. Maryland, UNC, Miami, UConn, West Virginia and Pitt welcome new stewardship on the sidelines and in the booth. Randy Edsall replaces Ralph Friedgen for the Terrapins, Everett Withers is the interim Tar Heel successor to Butch Davis, Al Golden takes the helm from Randy Shannon at Miami, Paul Pasqualoni replaces Randy Edsall at UConn, Todd Graham leads the Panthers of Pitt replacing Dave Wannstedt and Dana Holgerson succeeds Bill Stewart in Morgantown.

There will be big changes in the huddle, as well. In the ACC, five quarterbacks will be calling the plays with no prior starts - Tahj Boyd at Clemson, Bryn Renner at UNC, Mike Glennon at NC State, Mike Rocco (projected starter) at Virginia and Logan Thomas at Virginia Tech. As for the Big East, Will Stein of Louisville has two career starts under his belt and Michael Box of UConn has one.

Stadium enhancements at UNC and new uniforms for the Wolfpack of NC State accentuate the “out with the old, in with the new” mantra for 2011. New staff, new facilities, new faces – it’s a new day for college football and we’re ready!