ACC Commissioner John Swofford met with Clemson Board of Trustees and school President James Barker on Friday to discuss the current state and future of the conference. There's been agitation about the ACC's TV deal and persistent realignment rumors surrounding more traditional football powers Florida State and Clemson. There's also a perceived Tobacco Road and basketball bias from some of the conference's fanbases outside of North Carolina. The meeting with Swofford was an exchange on all theses matters, with the new television contract a top-of-mind topic for the trustees.
According to Barker, it was a productive and positive meeting that reaffirmed Clemson's commitment to Swofford and the ACC, via Travis Sawchik of The Post and Courier:
"It was a very positive and professional exchange," Barker said. "We let our board ask any questions they wanted to ask. It was a shattering of myths and legends about the ACC and commissioner Swofford.
"I think it did nothing but reinforce our role in the ACC."
Barker would not address the reports that the conference had met with Notre Dame officials. Notre Dame confirmed it had spoken with the ACC about the conference's new deal with the Orange Bowl, but Barker indicated that was an issue best left addressed by the ACC.
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