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ACC Schools Literally Rebuilding Football Programs

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PINEHURST, N.C. — A survey of Atlantic Coast Conference schoolsshows the nine schools have spent a half billion dollars onfootball facilities in the last five years.

The Charlotte Observer survey says that figure amounts to thegross national product of American Samoa.

The figure includes North Carolina State's $100 million expenditure to build a field house and expand Carter-Finley Stadium.

Georgia Tech is undertaking a $70 million upgrade toBobby Dodd Stadium.

Two years ago, Virginia showed off the newScott Stadium, which grew from 45,000 seats to more than61,000. That cost $86 million.

Duke has just spent $22 million for its new fieldhouse.

Outgoing N.C.A.A. President Cedric Dempsey has publicly decriedwhat he calls college football's "arms race." While A.C.C.Commissioner John Swofford is preaching caution, he says nothingcan be done to stop it.