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On the home front, after talking with various campus constituencies in the coming weeks, we hope to have some recommendations on the table at the Board of Trustees meeting in July regarding the future of Littlejohn Coliseum. In baseball, we have begun meeting with the architect to renovate the player development area. In football, the north suites are being completely refurbished inside Memorial Stadium. Good things are beginning to happen with our facilities. Last week, I attended the ACC spring meetings. One of the primary topics was the growing idea of an ACC Network. The grant of rights signed by the presidents opened the door for substantive discussion. Our partner, ESPN, is excited about the opportunity to create a network that will serve both entities well. The ACC will be able to provide good programming, with a number of sports excelling on the national level. We also discussed increasing the footprint of ESPN3, by providing more games within that growing platform. The new ACC bowl lineup will be slightly different than what fans have been accustomed to. It will not be a circumstance of a pecking order, but rather bowls will select from within a pool of qualified teams from within a conference. Much of it will be based on geography, avoidance of repeat bowl games and rematches, and things of that nature. The Chick-fil-A Bowl will no longer exclusively feature an ACC-SEC matchup because of its position as a host for the new College Football Playoff. They will take the teams sent to them by the committee. But it is important to point out that the ACC will not abandon playing in that game. Over a 12-year period, the ACC will, in many years, have a representative in that game.

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