ACC Media Days 2013: Winners and Losers of Day 1
The ACC Media Days began in the shadow of last week's SEC Media Days. but on Day 1 in Greensboro, N.C., ACC players did all they could to build the hype for the upcoming season.
In just one day, bold statements came from two of the conference's biggest stars, Greensboro showed why it may be the best media day host in college football and one team revealed its silly new slogan.
ACC coaches won't face the press until Day 2 of the conference's media frenzy. However, conference commissioner John Swofford and player representatives from each team met with the media on the first of the ACC media days and provided their share of excitement.
Winner: Tajh Boyd
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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was the main attraction of the first day of the ACC media days, and not just because he is one of the conference's best quarterbacks.
He also revealed that he is being mentored by former Virginia Tech quarterback and fellow Hampton, Va., native Michael Vick, as tweeted by Gene Sapakoff of The Post and Courier. Boyd went on to say, per a tweet by SBNation's TomahawkNation, that it was Vick's guidance that helped him decide to return to Clemson for his senior season.
The Tigers will enter 2013 as a trendy pick to take the ACC title.
Loser: Boyd and Morris' Comments on ACC Quarterbacks
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While Boyd was at the center of attention in Greensboro, he made a rather questionable comment, and one of his fellow ACC signal-callers backed him up.
Steven Bradley of MyOrangeUpdate.com tweeted that Boyd made the over-the-top claim that the ACC has a stronger group of quarterbacks than any conference in the country.
Moments later, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris stated the exact same thing when speaking with reporters, according to Mark Ennis of ESPN Radio.
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With all due respect to the Hyatt Regency (host of the SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala.), the Grandover Resort in Greensboro has come out as the winner so far.
As a break from mundane interview sessions, ACC student-athletes were able to take to the driving range to release some tension. Additionally, Grandover will be hosting a golf outing on Monday morning as a part of the media festivities.
Your move, SEC.
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Nearly every college football team has some sort of slogan that serves to rally and inspire the players.
Boston College has one, too, and it's pretty lame. The Golden Eagles carry the motto #BeADude.
Quarterback Chase Rettig told reporters that "being a dude" is about being accountable to your teammates and accepting the daily grind of being a football player, per an ACC Football tweet. BC linebacker Steele Divitto elaborated, saying "If you aren't a dude, become a dude.
Maybe I'm just not enough of a dude to understand this motto.
Winner: Lamarcus Joyner
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Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner had perhaps the two best quotes of the day.
First, he made a backhanded welcome to conference newcomer Pitt, vowing to show it what FSU and the ACC is all about when they meet in the Sept. 2 season opener, as tweeted by Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat.
Next, the FSU defensive back talked about his team's Oct. 19 date with Clemson. He said that he expects the game to be like a walk in a dark alley, as tweeted by SBNation's TomahawkNation.
He's right, as that game could end up deciding the ACC Atlantic crown.
Losers: Bryn Renner and Kareem Martin
The ACC Media Days reached their low point in this video from the ACC Digital Network.
North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and defensive end Kareem Martin took to a photo booth to sing their own rendition of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone."
The video is kind of funny, but more so just painful to listen to.
Also, who still uses photo booths?