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ACC Coaching Salaries
by Will Stewart,

Not to sound like a paid shill, because I've hyped these guys before, but the ACC Area Sports Journal is fast becoming one of my favorite college sports publications. The only thing wrong with them is that I don't have time to read every issue cover to cover, but the Journal, in its 27th year, sure does know their ACC football and hoops.

('Scuse me while I take a break.  I'm still giddy about VT being invited to the ACC.  I'm all verklempt, or however you spell it.  Less than five months to go before VT is in the ACC, folks!)

Their latest issue includes a rundown of ACC coaching salaries for both football and basketball -- very interesting stuff. Unfortunately, it doesn't include BC, VT, and Miami salaries, just the current ACC teams, but I was able to scare up most of the data I needed to chart the salaries of the coaches of all future 12 ACC teams.

Please note that the following salary and annual financial package info does not include some bonuses, incentives, etc.  The exact figure coaches get paid is very hard to nail down or research, but the following tables give you a very good idea of what ACC coaches are paid. (The total annual packages for Boston College's coaches were unavailable, though tried really, really hard).

ACC Football Coaching Salaries and Packages
(in order of total annual package

School Coach Annual
FSU Bobby Bowden $186,000 $2,100,000
VT Frank Beamer $200,000 $1,500,000
Maryland Ralph Friedgen $200,000 $1,200,000
Clemson Tommy Bowden $165,000 $1,100,000
Miami Larry Coker Unknown $1,050,000
GT Chan Gailey Unknown $1,000,000
UVa Al Groh $200,000 $ 800,000
NC State Chuck Amato Unknown $ 750,000
Wake Jim Grobe Unknown $ 750,000
UNC John Bunting $260,000 $ 650,000
Duke Ted Roof Unknown $ 400,000
Sources: ACC Area Sports Journal; CNN/SI for Beamer's
and Coker's info. BC coach Tom O'Brien's salary is
$365,000, according to Boston Magazine, but his total
annual package was unavailable.

The ACC is almost a "you get what you pay for" arrangement, when it comes to football coaching salaries. The guys with the top compensation packages generally finish near the top of the league. And it's pretty obvious that with Beamer's package being what it is, the pressure is on him to produce, though part of the reason he is compensated so well is that he's been at VT longer than any ACC coach has been at their school, with the exception of Bobby Bowden.

Now for the basketball coaches.

ACC Basketball Coaching Salaries and Packages
(in order of total annual package

School Coach Annual
Duke Coach K $800,000 $1,600,000
UNC Roy Williams $260,000 $1,600,000
Maryland Gary Williams Unknown $1,200,000
Wake Skip Prosser Unknown $1,000,000
UVa Pete Gillen $187,250 $ 900,000
NC State Herb Sendek Unknown $ 800,000
FSU Leonard Hamilton $140,000 $ 775,000
Miami Perry Clark Unknown $ 750,000
Clemson Oliver Purnell $150,000 $ 700,000
GT Paul Hewitt $225,000 $ 600,000
VT Seth Greenberg $158,000 $ 429,000
Sources: ACC Area Sports Journal; for
Greenberg's info; The Sun newspaper for Perry Clark's info.
BC coach Al Skinner's salary is $386,000, according to
Boston Magazine, but his total annual package was

Well, there's nowhere for Seth Greenberg to go but up. From a financial standpoint, Greenberg has got to be licking his chops about VT heading to the ACC. If he improves VT to the point where the Hokies can finish close to just the middle of the league, he'll have some bargaining power when the next round of contract negotiations come around.

Speaking of Greenberg and the Hokies....

Hokie Men Coming on Strong

With 7:22 to go in the first half of their January 31st game with Syracuse, the Hokies were trailing 37-14. They were 8-9, had lost six out of their last seven, and including a 96-60 whipping by Connecticut, had been outscored 133-74 in the last 52 minutes and 38 seconds they had spent on the basketball floor.

The season was slipping away. Seth Greenberg was in danger of losing his team.

The Hokies rallied and closed to within six points of Syracuse at 53-47, though they would later lose 76-64. They then came home and whipped #23 Providence 69-57 and Georgetown 80-65.

From that dark moment at Syracuse when the score was 37-14, the Hokies have outscored some pretty good opponents -- two of them ranked and all three with winning records -- by a combined score of 199-161. They have pulled their record up to 10-10 (3-6 Big East), and are -- gasp! -- in 12th place in the Big East.

If a giant meteor hit the earth today, the Hokies would make the Big East Tournament in Madison Square Garden. Well, not really, but you get my point.

What in the world has happened? Why the sudden resurrection? Okay, let's not get excited, because it's just a couple of games, but you've got to be impressed with what Tech has done.

From where I sit, the following things have happened:

1.) Defense has improved. After six of Tech's first seven Big East opponents shot over 50%, the Hokies have suddenly locked down two straight opponents -- Providence shot just 39%, and Georgetown shot just 42.3%. Tech has scrapped its 1-3-1 zone trap, which was pretty effective at times early in the season, in favor of a man to man. "We were switching up defenses, playing all kinds of defenses, trying to confuse people," Greenberg said after the Georgetown game, " and I decided, you know what? Let's be good at something." So he put the team in a man to man and started stressing defensive fundamentals, and it has paid off.

2.) Coleman Collins has blown up. The light bulb has gone on for 17-year old freshman post player Coleman Collins. Collins, a bright kid from Stone Mountain Georgia who scored 1470 in his SATs and won't turn 18 until July, has suddenly come out of his shell. After not scoring in double digits for a month, Collins blew up on Providence and Georgetown, dropping 21 and 20 points respectively, including six dunks. The 6-8 Collins is playing with confidence and power, taking the ball to the hole with authority. Sometimes it's ill-advised, sometimes it's awesome, and all the time it's a welcome sight.

3.) Team chemistry is peaking. I've been watching the player interaction very closely lately, and I like what I see. After a blown play, VT players will find each other and knock fists in a show of solidarity, with a "get 'em next time" attitude. One of VT's guards, either Jamon Gordon or Zabian Dowdell, threw a beautiful bounce pass to an open spot in the paint against Georgetown, but Bryant Matthews, of all people, failed to go to the open spot and receive the pass. After the ball went out of bounds untouched for a turnover, Matthews made a big show of holding his head in his hands, and then seeking out the passer to apologize for blowing the play.

Something's clicking with these guys, and I can't help but think back to the Syracuse post game, when Bryan Randall, who sparked the comeback in that game with a career-high 8 points and a team-high 5 rebounds, stood up in the locker room after the game and gave an impassioned speech about how not playing up to your full potential can cost you games (gosh, wonder what he was talking about?). Since then, the team has come together and is putting up some great stats and some wins.

They may lose their next seven games. They may sit at home for the Big East Tournament ... again. They may, on the other hand, finish with a winning record and/or go to New York. But whatever they do, the 2003-2004 Hokies are fun to watch. Pass - Your Ultimate Ticket to Hokie Sports!

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-- Will Stewart Updates From the Past Week

The Real Recruiting Battle
by Jim Alderson, 2/12/04, 1:35 pm
Another recruiting class is in the books. Tech did rally at the end and collected a pleasant surprise, wide receiver Eddie Royal. This certainly qualifies as the good news I had hoped for in my last column. It was joined by the satisfying wins over Providence and Georgetown recorded by the menís basketball team.
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Still on a Roll, Hokies Whip Georgetown, 80-65
by Will Stewart,, 2/12/04, 12:50 am
Blacksburg, VA -- Virginia Tech got a balanced scoring attack, led by 20 points from freshman Coleman Collins, and beat Georgetown for the first time in over 16 years, 80-65. Collins shot 9-of-13 from the field on the way to his second straight game of 20 points or more.
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A Gym Rat's Notebook #5: Georgetown a Must Win?
by Elijah Kyle, 2/11/04, 2:25 pm
Coming off last weekís home victory over top 25 Providence, the Virginia Tech menís basketball team must continue the momentum started with that impressive victory. In fact, one might advance an argument that the Georgetown game tonight represents a "must" win for the program.
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Hokie Hotline Notes for February 9, 2004
by Phil Noftsinger, 2/10/04, 12:40 am
Bill Roth opened the show by asking Greenberg how the week has been after the Hokies' big win over the 23rd-ranked Providence Friars last Wednesday at the Cassell. Greenberg said that practice has been great all week. The kids are energized and revitalized. The win helped show the team the benefit of all their hard work. Coach talked about the win in terms of the team really starting to buy into what we're trying to do schematically.
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Recruiting Profile: Andrew Bowman
by Art Stevens, 2/9/04, 9:10 am
Plenty of highly touted recruits have the sterling forty-yard dash times, the bench press numbers and the high school accolades that college football programs salivate over, and Andrew Bowman is no different.
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