What to Expect at ACC Media Days 2012
The ACC media days will take place on July 22nd and July 23rd.
This is the time for everybody to catch up on lost time and see what is going on, as we begin to head into fall camp and the regular college football season.
But with tons of interviews set to take place in the next couple of days, there are a few things we should expect to already happen. We know the media will have its favorite coaches taking the podium, certain teams will receive a little bit more love than others and there will be certain questions that can't wait to be asked.
Here are some of the main things you should expect during the ACC media days.
Meet Larry Fedora
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Larry Fedora is entering his first year as head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels. He is the former head coach of Southern Mississippi, and led the team to four straight bowl games and a 34-19 overall record.
This will be the first opportunity for many of the media members to meet Fedora, and should have plenty of questions to throw his way on media day. One of the main questions is how will he keep his team motivated knowing the Tar Heels aren't bowl eligible this season.
Welcome to the ACC, Fedora!
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Much like every conference in college football, there are coaches that are on the hot-seat in the ACC.
Randy Edsall won only two games at Maryland his first season with the Terrapins. Jim Grode has coached Wake Forest since 2001, but hasn't exactly done a fabulous job as of late, leading the Demon Deacons to only one bowl game in the last three seasons. Frank Spaziani isn't exactly lighting things up at Boston College either.
Asking coaches about their job security is one of the more popular questions during media days, and in the ACC it won't be much different.
Everyone to Be All over Florida State
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We hear it every season. This is the year Florida State is back! They have the playmakers on both sides of the ball, the schedule is in their favor, the coaching staff is one point and this is just the season, I know it is. Only for the Seminoles to fall on their face and end up settling for the Gator Bowl.
This year, the Seminoles do have a loaded defense, Jimbo Fisher is entering his third year as head coach and they have an experienced quarterback leading the offense. This could be the season that Florida State returns to a BCS bowl, but regardless if it is or not, the Seminoles will receive tons of love during media days.
What Is Up with the U?
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Even though Miami is a combined 13-12 during the last two seasons, they will still receive a ton of attention regardless. With the 2012 season quickly approaching, there are many questions to ask head coach Al Golden when he steps up to the podium.
What is going on with the NCAA sanctions? Who is going to be the starting quarterback? Who will replace Lamar Miller at running back and emerge as a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball? What became the last straw for former defensive player Ray-Ray Armstrong?
Things aren't exactly looking up for Miami at the moment, but the Hurricanes are one of the few teams that will forever remain interesting.
Quarterbacks to Steal the Show
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Unlike the SEC, where most teams decided to leave their quarterbacks home, half of the teams in the ACC are bringing their signal-callers. What makes this even more interesting is that many of these players are experienced and talented quarterbacks, making for an interesting season in this conference.
The quarterback position is the most glorified position in the sport, and with many quarterbacks in the building during the next two days, you can expect the position to receive a lot of attention during media days.