Notre Dame football joins ACC, sort of; more Designated Reads

Wednesday September 12th, 2012

Fan-altered Notre Dame helmets, coming to an ACC stadium near you. Huzzah, realignment news! (Landov)

• News that is mostly not about football. From a fresh ACC release: "The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Notre Dame as a new member. The Irish will compete as full members in all conference sponsored sports with the exception of football which will play five games annually against league programs." Pete Thamel has more, including the thorny issue of the Fighting Irish's exit date for its sports currently operating in the Big East. We now return to football things.

It is also a secret music box that plays "Afternoon Delight." In yesterday's Profiles in Profiteroles column we mentioned that the new trophy for the Toledo-Bowling Green Battle of I-75 rivalry hadn't been completed in time for last year's game. It's more than ready now, making a splashy entrance with its own hype video, complete with four Toledo football players flexing their acting chops.

• Injury report story hour. Jordan Wynn impresses in his retirement press conference ... Robert Marve has, you might have suspected, torn another ACL ... TCU defensive end Ross Forrest is likely out the rest of the season  with a knee injury ... Syracuse receiver Jeremiah Kobena is out for several weeks with what the school is calling "an upper body injury that required surgery."

• Roster blotter. Ole Miss' Trae Elston will sit out the Texas game, the SEC announced yesterday, for this hit during the Rebels' game against UTEP ... The Pac-12 has suspended Washington State safety Deone Bucannon for half of the Cougars' game against UNLV, for a hit he delivered against Eastern Washington ... Sanders Commings and Chase Vasser are back in action for Georgia ... both of Tyler Wilson's backups are named Brandon ... and why is this not already a viral campaign called "Stickin' with Ficken?" Do we have to do everything for y'all?

• Quotable Coaches, I.

• Quotable Coaches, II. Derek Dooley, when asked after Tuesday's practice whether he had the sense Tennessee dwelled too much on Florida's win streak in the past: "No, I got the sense we got our butts whipped. Not because of the streak.”

• Quotable Coaches, III.

• Misc. Good on here for not poking the Iron Bowl rivalry by saying "Auburn officials, by policy, do not discuss real or imaginary NCAA investigations." ... how ULM's victory over Arkansas was more than just a scoreboard win ... we regret we didn't see this solar explosion photo in time to use it for yesterday's Sun Belt coverage ... why Nick Saban doesn't teach backpedaling ... Ray Ray Armstrong is now double secret ineligible, or something ... John Clayton was not allowed to keep the wig worn his delightful new SportsCenter promo ... this "ban reporters who report player injuries" thing seems like a stunt to be pulled by a team that's not nearly as good as USC ... and this week's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl newsletter informs us there are 35 BOBB veterans on NFL rosters. Nachos O'Brady for all! #WEHOPEYOUDANCE

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