For the first time since 2000, the Atlantic Coast Conference will begin the college football season with the reigning national champion in its ranks.
Just like back then, the Florida State Seminoles are the team defending their title. All eyes will be on Heisman trophy winner and Noles' starting quarterback Jameis Winston. He will attempt to lead his team to another title, and perhaps a second-straight Heisman.
Winston is one of the player representatives who will be on hand for the ACC Media Days on Sunday, July 20 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Winston will be joined by Florida State defensive back P.J. Williams. Here's a list of the other players and coaches who will be available to the media during the two-day event.
ACC Media Days can be seen via live stream on the ACC Digital Network.
|Schedule of Coverage|
|Sunday, July 20|
|12:30 p.m.||Commissioner's Forum|
|2:00-6:00 p.m.||Student-Athletes Interviews
2:00 p.m. Virginia, Kevin Parks and Anthony Harris
2:15 p.m. Duke, Laken Tomlinson and Kelby Brown
2:30 p.m. Clemson, Cole Stoudt and Vic Beasley
2:45 p.m. North Carolina, Marquise Williams and Norkeithus Otis
3:00 p.m. Florida State, Jameis Winston and P.J. Williams
3:15 p.m. Wake Forest, Jordan Garside and Kevin Johnson
3:30 p.m. Boston College, Andy Gallik and Dominique Williams
3:56 p.m. NC State, Tony Creecy and Art Norman
4:11 p.m. Virginia Tech, Willie Byrn and Luther Maddy
4:26 p.m. Georgia Tech, Shaquille Mason and Quayshawn Nealy
5:01 p.m. Pitt, Tyler Boyd and Ray Vinopal
5:16 p.m. Miami, Duke Johnson and Denzel Perryman
5:31 p.m. Louisville, DeVante Parker and Lorenzo Mauldin
5:46 p.m. Syracuse, Sean Hickey and Cameron Lynch
|Monday, July 21|
|1:00 p.m.||Preseason Media Poll and Preseason Player of the Year Announced|
|2-6 p.m.||Coaches Interviews
2:00 p.m. North Carolina, Larry Fedora
2:15 p.m. Virginia, Mike London
2:30 p.m. Wake Forest, Dave Clawson
3:10 p.m. Boston College, Steve Addazio
3:25 p.m. Duke, David Cutcliffe
3:40 p.m. Florida State, Jimbo Fisher
3:55 p.m. NC State, Dave Doeren
4:10 p.m. Miami, Al Golden
4:25 p.m. Pitt, Paul Chryst
4:40 p.m. Syracuse, Scott Shafer
4:55 p.m. Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson
5:10 p.m. Louisville, Bobby Petrino
5:25 p.m. Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer
5:40 p.m. Clemson, Dabo Swinney
|Wednesday, July 23|
|11:00 a.m.||2014 Preseason All-ACC team announced|
Will someone actually have the gall to ask Winston about crab legs? Probably not, but it seems a given that his offseason issues may come up during the 15-minute interview.
Aside from the unfortunate shoplifting incident, Winston also competed for the Noles' baseball team. He clearly has a lot to talk about. His time with the media should be interesting.
Generally, Fisher is fairly quotable and prophetic. At the 2010 ACC Media Days, Fisher said this per Seminoles.com:
"That's why I wanted the Florida State job. hat's why I waited and turned down other opportunities because I wanted a place where I thought we could win it all. I know we're not there yet but we have a chance in the future if we do things right."
You have to love when a plan comes together. Unless of course you're Auburn.
Petrino Back Again
Bobby Petrino is back for his third stint as a coach with the Louisville Cardinals. He was an offensive coordinator for the program in 1998. He left for the NFL.
Petrino returned to take the head coaching job in 2003. He lasted until 2006 when he again tried his hand at the pro game. After stumbling through another stint in the NFL, and dealing with some self-inflicted personal issues, Petrino is again the man on the sidelines for the Cardinals.
Not everyone is enthused that Petrino was rehired. The panel for CBS Sports' Pre-Show tore into the hiring and Petrino.
It'll be interesting to hear what he has to say on Monday.