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ACC Commissioner John Swofford had plenty to smile about in Greensboro last weekend: In the space of a year, the future of the ACC was safely secured – along with a national championship in football.

The Charlotte 49ers - playing one final season as an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision independent – will play a 2014 slate dominated by FCS opposition. The 49ers head to the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Conference USA in 2015.

NCAA football: From Appalachian State to Wofford, here are capsules on the Carolinas’ Division I (FBS and FCS) college football teams. Included are the Charlotte 49ers, Clemson, Duke, East Caroina, UNC, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and others.

Miami Hurricanes, 9-4 in 2013 but picked to win the Coastal Division ahead of last year’s champion Duke, are intent on making this season one to remember.

The massive men ran from one station to the next, barely taking a second to catch their breath between rounds of sit-ups, push-ups and throwing weighted balls against a wall.

Winthrop University trustees say they will continue to explore whether the school should add a football team despite the firing last month of the university’s president who was leading an inquiry into the pros and cons of football.

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