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ACC Media Days: Winners and Losers of Day 2

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIOctober 11, 2016

ACC Media Days: Winners and Losers of Day 2

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    One day after Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd stole the show at ACC Media Days, the Tigers remained the center of attention on Day 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

    While Clemson was voted the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC, defending conference champion Florida State received the day's biggest snub.

    Plus, a pair of ACC coaches made intriguing statements on two of the most talked-about topics in college football.


Winners: Tajh Boyd and Clemson

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    Clemson cleaned up in the ACC media voting.

    The Tigers were the overwhelming favorite to take the ACC crown, earning 95 of the 120 first-place votes.

    Clemson also earned 102 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division, while defending ACC champion Florida State took the remaining 18.

    Meanwhile, Tajh Boyd was an enormous favorite to repeat as the ACC Player of the Year. The Tigers' quarterback earned 105 first-place votes, while no other player earned more than four votes.

    Boyd is coming off consecutive seasons with at least 3,800 yards and 33 touchdowns through the air.

Losers: Jimbo Fisher and FSU

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    With all the hype surrounding Clemson, there was little love for the defending ACC champions, Florida State.

    FSU garnered just 18 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division and 15 votes as the conference champion.

    Additionally, just one vote went to a Seminole in Player of the Year voting. With one vote, FSU's Lamarcus Joyner finished 104 votes behind Boyd.

    FSU happens to have one of the most exciting young players in college football in redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston.

    However, in his press conference, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher skipped an opportunity talk about his talented young signal-caller and instead claimed that the quarterback battle was ongoing, as detailed by Bob Ferrante of Fox Sports Florida. 

Winner: Dabo Swinney

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    Dabo Swinney came across as both confident and humble during his meeting with the media in Greensboro.

    The Clemson head coach downplayed his team being picked to win the conference, but he didn't downplay his team's expectations, either.

    "I really hope we're in Charlotte. I hope we're in Pasadena, nothing wrong with dreaming big," Swinney said, as tweeted by the ACC.

    He has the leader in Boyd and the overall talent to make that happen.

    However, the Tigers will have their work cut out for them in a daunting non-conference schedule that features Georgia and South Carolina.

Loser: Larry Fedora

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    Larry Fedora is only 50, but he seriously aged himself with his comments in Greensboro.

    In a series of tweets, Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer parlayed Fedora's fear of social media.

    Fedora first mentioned how he recently learned of the app SnapChat

    The conversation quickly took a turn off a cliff when Fedora said he doesn't trust SnapChat and believes "big brother" keeps the pictures "up there somewhere."

    George Orwell would be proud, but Fedora comes across looking pretty paranoid.

Winner: Randy Edsall

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    In speaking with the media in Greensboro, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall chimed in on the hottest topic in the NCAA: the O'Bannon lawsuit.

    As tweeted by Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Edsall said he would "most definitely" be a plaintiff in the lawsuit if he were a student-athlete.

    Edsall had an interesting take on the situation, as reported by Michael Willis of

    Kids are committed to institutions, not to the NCAA. And the NCAA is using their likeness to make money. And that money isn’t going back to these kids...I think the players should get some kind of monthly stipend for what they do.

    More and more coaches are showing their support of this idea that the student-athletes do deserve more than they're receiving right now.

    The Maryland coach was excellent in clearly and calmly stating his view on an issue that has many up in arms.

Loser: The ACC

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    From start to finish in Greensboro, the ACC Media Days were dull.

    The characters of the conference didn't shine through and the trash talk was at a minimum.

    The two days weren't a total wash, but following the spectacle that was the SEC Media Days, the ACC's media session came and passed with a relative whimper. 

    A number of coaches and players talked about catching up with the SEC, but in this instance, the ACC looked second-rate compared to its neighbors to the South.

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