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.
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:
Dabo Swinney on facing Georgia week 1 "we've played 3 straight SEC games. We are like SEC North." (faced Gamecocks and LSU to end season)— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) July 22, 2013
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.
Clemson's Dabo Swinney: "I believe we have a league that will get the (national) champion very soon." #ACCKickoff— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) July 22, 2013
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:
Dabo Swinney said he would "absolutely not" join the O'Bannon suit if he was a player. In favor of "enhancing scholarships" though— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) July 22, 2013
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:
ACC's Swofford: "If we were not proactive (in expansion) we wouldn't have been as well positioned as we are for the future"— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 22, 2013
Only time will tell.
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:
Dave Doeren wants the NC State offense to look like Oregon and Wisconsin had a baby. BadgerDucks do sound terrifying— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) July 22, 2013
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:
Syracuse coach Scott Shafer: “Now that we’re in the ACC, maybe we can get a Chick-fil-A to come up to Syracuse.”— Adam Smith (@adam_smithTN) July 22, 2013
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:
Fedora was asked if he was afraid of Jadeveon Clowney (ala the Tajh Boyd comments): "I don't plan on him hitting me." #ACCKickoff— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) July 22, 2013
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:
UNC's Larry Fedora just answered question about ACC perception by talking about "closing gap with that other league." Wouldn't say SEC.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 22, 2013
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:
"I think it's a tremendous tool ... but it's also frightening." Larry on social media.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) July 22, 2013
Fedora: "I was told the other day about snapchat. Y'all know about that?"— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) July 22, 2013
Larry just said he doesn't trust snapchat. Thinks "big brother" keeps the pictures "up there somewhere."— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) July 22, 2013
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
"(Jameis Winston) and Jacob Coker will battle for that starting job" Jimbo Fisher— Chadd Scott (@ChaddScott) July 22, 2013
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:
Jimbo Fisher says FSU players won't be allowed on Twitter during the season. "We'll eliminate the clutter."— Chris Vannini (@CoachingBuzz) July 22, 2013
The Seminoles implemented this rule last season and they won 12 games and a BCS bowl.
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:
Jimbo: "Sportswriters are going to have as much influence as anything" on the playoff selection process. "It's all about perception."— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 22, 2013
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:
Pretty remarkable statement by Randy Edsall a few minutes ago. Said if he were a player, he'd have joined O'Bannon suit vs. NCAA— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 22, 2013
He also believes that players should be paid, according to Chip Patterson of CBS Sports:
Randy Edsall in favor of stipends, also suggests that a group focus exclusively on the issues facing CFB. Might be too much for ADs— Chip Patterson (@Chip_Patterson) July 22, 2013
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.
The ACC media predictions are in, and there appear to be a few surprises, as Mackenzie Thirkill ofpointed out:
ACC Media Rankings of the Coastal Division: 1. Miami 2. VT 3. North Carolina 4. Georgia Tech 5. Pitt 6. Virginia 7. Duke #ACCKickoff— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) July 22, 2013
ACC Media Rankings of the Atlantic Division: 1. Clemson 2. FSU 3. NC State 4. Wake Forest 5. Maryland 6. Syracuse 7. BC #ACCKickoff— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) July 22, 2013
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.
It looks like it will take a while before people begin recognizing Chryst, as Pittsburgh Senior Associate Athletic Director EJ Borghetti pointed out:
Was just mistaken for Paul Chryst by lobby autograph seeker. Coach will never give me another coaches polo to wear again.— EJ Borghetti (@PittBorghetti) July 22, 2013
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:
ACC officiating supervisor just casually mentioned he would've ejected Clowney for Michigan hit, which was actually a clean hit. Good lord.— Heath Cline (@heathradio) July 22, 2013
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
Golden: It has taken every ounce and every fiber in my body to not comment on the NCAA investigation #ACCKickoff— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) July 22, 2013
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:
Golden said he was told 6-8 weeks for NCAA sanctions delivered. Friday will be six weeks.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) July 22, 2013
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:
Miami coach Al Golden told me that the toughest sanction the 'Canes have endured has been the "sanction of uncertainty." Well said.— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) July 22, 2013
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.