ACC Media Days 2013: Day 1 Interview Highlights, Quotes and Takeaways

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJuly 21, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25:  John Swofford, ACC Commissioner (C) addresses the media during a press conference to announce the New Era Pinstripe Bowl's multi-year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
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The Southeastern Conference kicked off college football's media day season with a three-day session starting July 16, but now it is time for the media hordes to descend upon the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ACC Media Days began Sunday with an address from commissioner John Swofford, and player press conferences kicked off by some bold words from Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. 

Monday, the ACC media session in Greensboro, N.C., will continue with a morning golf outing and finally coach press conferences.


Swofford: ACC Has NCAA's Biggest Footprint

ACC commissioner John Swofford revealed that his conference has come out on top of the recent realignment wave, at least in terms of television footprint and total population.

He went on to talk about the potential for a 24-hour ACC Network, similar to the SEC Network set to launch in 2014, saying that the conference is still in the process of analyzing the situation.

As ESPN's Brett McMurphy opined, that likely means the ACC is going to watch how the SEC does with its network before proceeding with their own.


Swofford on Pay-for-Play 

SEC commissioner Mike Slive made headlines last week when he slammed the NCAA for not covering the full cost of attendance for players and not allowing the conferences to fully provide for their student-athletes. 

Swofford also spoke on the issue but with much less conviction, saying that he supports covering cost of attendance, but remains against pay-for play.


Notre Dame's Place in ACC

Notre Dame's half-in, half-out situation in the ACC has changed how the conference will approach scheduling. As reported by ESPN's Kristi Dosh, the ACC was considering a nine-game conference slate, but the Irish rotating in and out of the team's schedules erased that idea.

Swofford also assured that if the Irish decide to join a conference at anytime in the near future, they'll be contractually obligated to join the ACC.


ACC's Non-Conference Scheduling the Nation's Toughest

Swofford claimed that the ACC has the toughest out-of-conference slate of any other power conference, citing that the ACC plays 11 non-conference games against teams that finished in the top 25 in 2012.


Swofford Talks College Football Playoff, ACC title

While Swofford lacked the conviction of Slive, he did touch on a number of important topics. While speaking on the upcoming College Football Playoff, he stated that the selection committee must be set with clarity and credibility in mind. 

Finally, the ACC commissioner revealed that the conference will decide the future site of the ACC championship game sometime around this year's title game.


Boyd and Morris Say ACC Has Nation's Best Quarterbacks

Tajh Boyd may be one of the nation's best quarterbacks. And he also made the claim that the ACC has the best group of quarterbacks in college football.

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris has Boyd's back on the issue.

Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron and Aaron Murray would probably disagree.


Jadeveon Clowney Doesn't Scare Boyd

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney caused a stir at SEC Media Days with his remarks about Boyd, Murray and a number of other quarterbacks being afraid of him.

Boyd fired back Sunday, claiming that he isn't scared of the 6'6", 270-pound monster from his rival school.

Keep in mind: Being interviewed is not the same as being under oath. It isn't illegal to lie.


ACC Players Take to the Driving Range

When in North Carolina, do as the North Carolinians do. 

Taking a break from interviews, ACC student-athletes took to the driving range at Grandover Resort to practice up for tomorrow's golf outing.


Logan Thomas Shows Respect for Alabama

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas knows he'll have his work cut out for him when he leads the Hokies against defending national champion Alabama in Week 1.

So rather than taking shots at the Crimson Tide, he talked about how talented his opponent is.


Boyd Mentored by Michael Vick

Boyd, arguably the best QB in the ACC at the current time, has been under the guidance of an all-time great of another ACC program. Former Hokie Michael Vick advised Boyd to return to Clemson for his senior season.

Vick played for Virginia Tech in its Big East Conference days. Both he and Boyd hail from the Hampton, Va. area.


Ice Cream Party!

As a part of media days, the ACC held an ice cream social involving the players and the media.

As Dosh pointed out, there is a stark contrast in the feeling around the ACC media days and SEC media days.


Tajh Boyd: The Most Interesting Man in the ACC

Tajh Boyd sings and the media loves it.


North Carolina's New Helmets

North Carolina revealed a new helmet for the 2013 season Sunday. 

It looks basically the same as the old Tar Heels helmet with the logo and face mask colors inverted. 


Dude, Where's My Slogan?

The Boston College football team has a new slogan: "Be a dude."

Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig and linebacker Steele Divitto talked about what it means to be a dude.


ACC Showcases New App

The EA Sports NCAA Football franchise is on its way out, but college football video games aren't dead yet.

The ACC is coming out with a new game app to be available on iOS and Android devices called ACC Football Challenge.

Could this be the next Candy Crush?


Conference Forgets Slots for Pitt, Cuse on Media Ballot

In perhaps the biggest ballot blunder since 2000 in Florida, the ACC included only 12 slots on the preseason media ballot, even though the addition of Pitt and Syracuse made 14 teams.

North Carolina sports talk radio host David Glenn tweeted out his 12-team ballot.

Later, the conference remedied the situation, as reported by ESPN's Brett McMurphy. For comparison, here's a shot of the new ballot from ESPN Radio's Adam Gold.


Quotes of the Day: Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner

Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner brought two assertive quotes with him to ACC Media Days, the first a veiled welcome to conference newcomer Pittsburgh.

Next Joyner spun a brilliant quote when looking forward to Florida State's Oct. 19 date with Clemson in Death Valley.

It's safe to say that Joyner is expecting good fight in Clemson.


Florida State's Awesome Media Guide

The Seminoles unveiled their 2013 football media guide in Greensboro and, thanks to its flashy holographic cover, it is undoubtedly one of the coolest media guides ever.

Check out more information on the media guide from Coley Harvey of the Orlando Sentinel as well as his Vine of the holographic cover:


Bryn Renner and Kareem Martin Singing Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone"

Video from the ACC Digital Network:

Warning this video is NSFA: not safe for anywhere. There is no profanity, it's just awful.

These two need to stick to football.


Check back later, this article will be updated with highlights throughout Day 1 of the ACC Media Days.

Warning this video is NSFA: not safe for anywhere. There is no profanity, it's just awful.

These two need to stick to football.