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Dec. 3, 2010
By Bill Hass
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Football coaches always look for an edge and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer can think of one when his Hokies meet Florida State Saturday in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
For the first time, the game will be played outside the state of Florida so it was a much longer trip for the Seminoles. More important, Virginia Tech fans had extra time to snap up tickets because their team clinched the Coastal Division title a week before FSU became the Atlantic Division champion.
“I just think the location of Charlotte and what you have here it's the perfect place,” Beamer said at Friday’s press conference at Bank of America Stadium. “The only thing that is iffy is the weather. You know, cold doesn't affect a game anymore. Rain affects a game a little bit, wind I think affects a game a little bit, but hopefully the weather is going to be okay, and if not, both teams have to play in it.
“But I do think this is the right place for our Conference Championship. And I think how it's supported and I know in Jacksonville and Tampa those people worked hard to support it, too -- but I really feel like there's a great support going in and trying to make this thing work here in Charlotte.”
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, not unexpectedly, downplayed the effect moving the game out of the Seminoles’ home state might have.
“That doesn't bother me,” he said. “Like I said, Charlotte is the hub of the ACC. You're right here in the middle of ACC territory. It's a great a stadium, great venue. If they can give us good weather like this every year, I'll be happy as heck. It's a great city, great venue, and it's right in the middle of ACC territory. We have to play it somewhere.”
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Bill Hass is a long-time observer of ACC sports. His career at the Greensboro News & Record spanned 36 years, from 1969 until his retirement in March 2006. He is now writing "Bill Hass on the ACC" for theACC.com. His weekly columns will keep fans plugged in to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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