Paul Finebaum made his regular appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic In the morning” on Monday, and discussed the ACC, which had some news items last week out of its spring meetings.

But whatever the ACC contributes to college football is taken with a grain of salt because it’s slipped in its position from a national perspective.

Ultimately it’s the ACC’s position in the sphere of college athletics that concerns Finebaum the most, he said.

“I put very little weight into any of it because the ACC has become such a diminished conference,” Finebaum said. “I say that because it wasn’t that long ago when they were nipping, pretty far back, but they were still nipping at the heels of the SEC and the Big Ten, especially because of Clemson. Now it’s been marginalized. It’s been marginalized for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is their television contract, which has a long way to go, I think it has another 10 years before it opens back up again, is about to put them significantly behind everyone that matters.”

Finebaum also questioned the leadership of the ACC and Jim Phillips, and Finebaum is surprised because Phillips was a great athletics director at Northwestern.

“But he has led the ACC down a very dark and dangerous road by getting in bed with the Big Ten and the Pac-12 on this Alliance,” Finebaum said.