ACC Media Days: Day 2 Interview Highlights, Quotes and Takeaways

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ACC Media Days: Day 2 Interview Highlights, Quotes and Takeaways

Day two of ACC media days are underway and will give the coaches a chance to address the media.

This should be an interesting day with two new teams in Syracuse and Pittsburgh, as well as a few new head coaches making the rounds at their first ACC event.

There will be plenty to address throughout the day, and there will certainly be a few highlights during the coach's interviews.

Whether it is the Miami NCAA investigation or conference realignment, there is a lot to discuss during the final coverage of ACC media days.

 

Swinney Highlights

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was the most interesting head coach to be interviewed during the day. A much more relaxed coach, Swinney thinks his Tigers are playing in a different division outside of the ACC, per Holly Rowe:

He also wasn't short on confidence and expects his actual conference to hold a crystal football sometime soon, per Aaron Brenner of the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier.

On a more sensitive subject, Swinney said he would not be on board with the O'Bannon suit if he was an active college football player, via Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:

 

Conference Realignment

ACC commissioner John Swofford believes that the ACC is in much better shape for long-term success due to expansion, per Brett McMurphy of ESPN:

Only time will tell.

 

Uh, what?

North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren wants the offense to be absolutely scary. How scary?

Well, just check out the tweet from Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:

Last season, North Carolina State finished sixth in the ACC with an average of 421.2 yards a game. It will certainly be interesting to see how much progress can be made.

 

Chick-fil-A, wake up!

Syracuse wants to eat more chicken, per Adam Smith of The Times News:

New York only has one Chick-fil-A in the state. Coach is right, something needs to be done about this.

 

No need to be afraid

Being scared of South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney has become a popular topic for discussion during media days. One person who doesn't have to worry about trembling in his boots is North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, per Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times:

However, his players can't say the same as North Carolina travels to Williams-Brice Stadium to play the Gamecocks on Aug. 29.

 

Fedora has beef with the SEC?

Fedora isn't looking to make friends with the rest of college football's conferences. He knows the ACC has a ways to go before catching up to the SEC, but he is obviously tired of hearing about it, per Dan Wolken of USA Today:

Oddly enough, Fedora was an offensive coordinator for Florida from 2002-04.

 

North Carolina coach isn't media savvy

Fedora seems to be lost in a world full of technology, as Andrew Carter of the The News & Observer broke down the conversation:

Fedora is only 50 years old, so there really isn't an excuse for not keeping up with the times.

 

No starting QB for Florida State

The hype surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston is overwhelming, but he hasn't quite landed the starting job just yet, per ACC Football and Chad Scott:

It's safe to say there may be a quarterback battle going on, but Winston is the clear favorite to start opening weekend.

 

No Twitter for Florida State players

Florida State players will not be allowed on Twitter once the season begins, per Chris Vannini of Coaching Search:

The Seminoles implemented this rule last season and they won 12 games and a BCS bowl.

 

Playoffs?

While a selection committee is still in the works for next year's college football playoff format, Fisher believes sports writers will have more of an impact than anything, per Dan Wolken of USA Today:

That's an interesting take to say the least.

 

Randy Edsall said what?!

The Ed O'Bannon lawsuit has been filed against the NCAA, EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company, and it includes six active college football players. If Maryland's Edsall wasn't a coach there would have been another player added to the list, per Dan Wolken of USA Today:

He also believes that players should be paid, according to Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:

Edsall seems to be a quote machine. See, Big Ten, Maryland won't be a bad addition after all.

 

Frank Beamer won't dance again

During the Harlem Shake phase, Virginia Tech and head coach Frank Beamer decided to release a video that created quite a buzz. But don't hold your breath if you're hoping to see Beamer breakout any more dance moves, per ACC Football:

If Virginia Tech wins the ACC title this season, Beamer would likely have no problem dancing for joy.

 

But Beamer won't stop being goofy

Beamer found himself in the photo booth and ended up taking a few classic pictures, via Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times:

This has got to be the best moment of ACC media days.

 

Media Predictions

The ACC media predictions are in, and there appear to be a few surprises, as Mackenzie Thirkill of pointed out:

 

 

Miami winning the Coastal Division may shock college football fans, as will some of the ACC Championship predictions that David Hale of ESPN tweeted:

 

The media is also high on Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd for Conference Player of the Year, per Norm Wood of the Daily Press:

 

For a complete list of the ACC media predictions, head over to The ACC.

Any disagreements? What did the media get right? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

Paul Chryst talks ACC

Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst admits the one thing that has him worried about the ACC is the overall speed of the conference, per ACC Football:

 

However, most of these programs aren't used to playing in extremely cold weather later in the season, which is something Pittsburgh hopes to use to its advantage, per Pitt Football:

 

Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to everything.

 

Mistaken Identity

It looks like it will take a while before people begin recognizing Chryst, as Pittsburgh Senior Associate Athletic Director EJ Borghetti pointed out:

Talk about an awkward situation.

 

Good thing Clowney doesn't play in the ACC

Remember the Jadeveon Clowney hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith during last year's Outback Bowl? Of course you do.

Well, some members in the ACC found the hit a little over the top, according to Heath Cline of 107.5 the Game:

Before you know it, football players will soon wear miniskirts and ballet shoes.

 

Al Golden is obviously upset

The ongoing NCAA investigation involving the Hurricanes and Nevin Shapiro has gotten Freddy Krueger ugly.

The NCAA announced improper conduct during its own investigation and there is hope that Miami can now get off with a slap on the wrist.

This frustrating process has really rubbed Golden the wrong way, per Mackenzie Thirkill of

While it may be difficult, that's probably the safest bet at this point.

 

Speaking of sanctions

While the topic of sanctions is heavy on the mind of Miami fans, a punishment could be handed down soon, per Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports:

Finally, there may be an end in sight to all of this madness.

Golden later told Tony Barnhart of CBS Sports that it is frustrating not knowing what is coming:

 


Stephen Morris has a future as a journalist?

Okay, well maybe not. Here you see the Miami quarterback interviewing defensive lineman Shayon Green. At least Morris can say he has a unique interviewing style.

 

Check back later, this article will be updated with highlights throughout Day 2 of the ACC Media Days.

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