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December 11, 2006
Postseason breakdown: ACC
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In its second full season as a 12-team league, the ACC's season was anything but dull.
The league's champion, Wake Forest, was arguably one of the most compelling stories in college football season. The Demon Deacons captured their first conference title since 1970 despite being picked near the bottom of their division in the preseason.
While his team's season propelled Jim Grobe into the national spotlight, this season may be remembered more because other coaches' struggles. North Carolina's John Bunting was dismissed by the third week in October and ultimately was replaced by Butch Davis. At N.C. State, Chuck Amato was fired and was succeeded by Tom O'Brien, who left BC in a rare intra-conference switch.
Miami endured a trying season on and off the field. The Hurricanes suffered an opening-game loss to Florida State and never managed to recover. In early November, defensive tackle Bryan Pata was killed in yet-to-be solved murder just miles from the Coral Gables campus. A 6-6 finish led to the ouster of coach Larry Coker.
We'll touch on those things and more as we look back at the 2006 ACC season.