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ACC Kickoff notes: Johnson says UM isn’t back yet


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Miami is still not back, and junior RB Duke Johnson wants to make that clear.

“I don’t see why we can say we’re back. We don’t have a reason to say that,” Johnson said. “We’ve been in the ACC for 10 years and we haven’t been to the ACC championship game once. We haven’t won the Coastal Division. So there’s no explanation to say we’re back.”

Just because the Hurricanes aren’t yet back doesn’t mean that Johnson isn’t.

After breaking an ankle last season against Florida State, it was four months before he could run and cut on the foot without feeling it. Once he did it for the first time, he said, he was back.

“I’m all the way back,” Johnson said.

In a league that returns Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston at Florida State, Johnson still has a chance to emerge as the best offensive player in the league.

He averaged 6.3 yards a carry and 19.3 yards per catch last year in eight games before the injury.

Power 5 closer to getting autonomy

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said he’s confident the NCAA will pass a proposal that will allow the five power conferences to make some of their own rules.

Speaking Sunday on the first day of his league’s two-day media event, Swofford said he “will be surprised if it doesn’t pass.”

He says it “largely gives the power five conferences what we have been asking for” and will keep those schools “under what we call the big tent of the NCAA.”

Under the proposal, the five power conferences — the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 — would have autonomy to make their own bylaws.

The NCAA’s board of directors will vote Aug. 7.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive made similar comments last week about the proposal.

Information from FoxSports.com and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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