Danny Kanell epitomizes the ACC. A Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native, Kanell attended Florida State University. At the crossroads between the ACC and the SEC, Kanell served his Seminole quarterbacking duties at a critical time in the Florida-Florida State rivalry.

In his 1994 junior season, Kanell led the Seminoles in the "Choke at Doak," a 28-point fourth quarter comeback to tie the Gators 31-31 (there was no overtime). One month later, the programs met again in the Sugar Bowl, where Kanell and the Seminoles won, 23-17. However, Danny Wuerffel and Florida got redemption in 1995, winning 35-24 in Gainesville.

Kanell finished 1-1-1 as a starter against the SEC (he backed up Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward in his first two seasons) with Florida being his only opponent. However, the story does not end there.

Kanell spent nine years in professional football, bouncing around the NFL with the Giants, Falcons and Broncos and spending one season with the Arena Football League's New York Dragons. Kanell joined ESPN in 2010 as a college football analyst. Along with college football, Kanell, who was drafted by the Brewers out of high school and the Yankees in college, has analyzed college baseball as well.

Despite his football, baseball and broadcasting history, Kanell's claim to fame in 2014 (and at the start of 2015), may be his subject distaste for the SEC. For the better part of the past decade, FBS' Southeastern Conference has dominated the college football landscape. From 2006-2012, the SEC won seven consecutive BCS National Championships. In the 2013 season, Kanell's Seminolles finally dispatched the SEC with a 34-31 BCS National Championship win over Auburn.

While many salivate over the SEC, Kanell has been among the biggest media supporters of the other side. In fact, it has gotten him into trouble sometimes.

In October, ESPN's SEC guru Paul Finebaum said of Kanell: "People like Danny Kanell make us (the media) look like cartoon characters." Awful Announcing refers to Kanell as the "SEC antagonist."

Kanell has insisted he is not out to get the SEC. "I can assure you I have nothing but the upmost respect for the SEC and I love the product they put on the field every week," he said in October.

Kanell has had his Seminoles as backup the whole year. Entering the inaugural college football playoff, Florida State remained FBS' only unbeaten team. In fact, the Seminoles had not lost since Nov. 24, 2012 against no other than the Florida Gators.

But Florida State was downed Thursday, and it wasn't pretty. Oregon knocked off the Seminoles, 59-20. It hurt for Kanell, who noted the Ducks are a great team that could play in any conference.


Meanwhile, in New Orleans, top-ranked Alabama prepared to take on No. 4 Ohio State. Finebaum and the giddy SEC Network trolled Kanell and his depleted ACC heart:


Of course, Kanell would have the last laugh. With his entire platform turned on its face after Florida State's loss, Kanell saw the SEC come down with him as Alabama fell to Ohio State, 42-35. And then it was Kanell's turn to troll:




And then he just added insult to injury.


Kanell and the SEC Network analysts were all prepped to talk about their own teams in the 11 days leading up to the National Championship game. Instead, the basketball analysts are breaking through the doors. This year's National Championship game will feature teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten, conferences that have not won national titles since 2004 (USC) and 2002 (Ohio State), respectively.

Kanell had the last laugh. Sort of.

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