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Lights out fun at the kickoff

7/27/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Well, a thunderstorm just knocked the power out of the interview room as I was in the midst of asking Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen a question about how much speed and young talent he has on his roster. Suddenly it was pitch black, save for the tiny red lights of our tape recorders, and Friedgen said, "Watch out Heather," to which I replied, "I'm already running, Ralph." And that was officially the last question asked here at ACC media days.

The coaches were all in good spirits, relaxed and upbeat about the possibilities ahead for the ACC this fall. Frank Beamer thinks he has a team capable of contending for a national title, if everything falls into place, and Miami coach Randy Shannon thinks he's got an offensive line capable of paving the way for a 1,000-yard rusher. Dabo Swinney? He's still looking for a quarterback but voted for Tim Tebow, if anyone asks.

More to come from the kickoff, so don't worry, you won't be left in the dark.