Could be. If you want the complete rundown of the past, present, and future reasoning about why our conference is disrespected, J.P. empties the diaper pail. Here’s what the Coastal could smell like:
Even with the significant personnel losses, Virginia Tech will be the unanimous preseason choice to win the pathetic Coastal, whose laundry-list of problems include:
• Virginia: Whatever games spectacular defensive end Chris Long, the second overall pick in the draft, didn’t win by himself, quarterback Jameel Sewell did. Long’s gone and Sewell’s academically ineligible, as is end Jeffrey Fitzgerald and corner Chris Cook.
• Georgia Tech: Chan Gailey’s out, Paul Johnson’s in. Johnson’s option offense could work but he’s missing Tashard Choice, the ACC’s leading rusher.
• Miami: Randy Shannon went 5-7 in his first season, with an inexcusable 2-6 against the ACC (and one of those wins over Duke).
• UNC: The only program of the six who could be considered on the upswing but quarterback T.J. Yates missed spring practice and there’s still Tyler Hansbrough-sized holes on defense.
• Duke: Who’s still Duke, despite new coach David Cutcliffe. The same Duke that has won four games since 2004.
Of course, the good news is that, given all of Virginia’s problems, the Hoos could again take advantage of some sorry-ass ACC competition to win 8 games and make a run at the division crown again.