- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Once the ACC football kickoff rolls around, I consider summer officially over and the football season here. Fortunately, the wait is almost over. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up at the ACC’s media days:
Dates: July 22-23
Location: The Grandover Resort, Greensboro, N.C.
Big names in attendance: Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano, FSU defensive end Brandon Jenkins, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller
What to expect:
Florida State hype. It’s that time of year again. The media will vote for its preseason favorites to win each division and the league, and the Noles should be the heavy front-runners to win. Stop me if you’ve heard that one before. There will be national title talk, and coach Jimbo Fisher will talk about how that’s the goal every year.
ACC hype. Commissioner John Swofford will take center stage at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday for his annual “state of the state” report, and he will also field questions from reporters. Considering the ACC’s new partnership with the Orange Bowl, reported interests in Notre Dame for the bowl matchup and pending league expansion, Swofford will have a few things to boast about. Fortunately, it’s not his style to say, “I told you so.”
Introductions to Larry Fedora: It will be the first time many members of the media meet North Carolina’s first-year coach. There should be plenty of questions about his philosophies, the changes he has made, and moving on now that the program has come to terms with its NCAA sanctions.
Stories about quarterbacks. It should be one of the strongest positions in the ACC this year, and half of the schools are bringing their signal-callers to represent them at the interview table (Manuel, Georgia Tech’s Tevin Washington, UNC’s Bryn Renner, NC State’s Mike Glennon, Hokies’ Thomas and Wake Forest’s Tanner Price).
Spaz being Spaz. Boston College coach Frank Spaziani is always good for a one-liner or two, but don’t expect any grand revelations about the program’s struggles, the pressure he will be facing this year, or how much better the team might be this season.
Randy Edsall smiling. Edsall has made an effort to be more media-friendly following his 2-10 season. The question is how many reporters will be at his table after, well, a 2-10 season.
More questions than answers for Miami. Who will be the starting quarterback? How will offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch replace seven starters on offense? How will such a young team handle such a tough schedule? When will the NCAA give the final word? Most likely, Al Golden wonders much of the same heading into his second season.
Lots of notes and videos from ESPN.com. We’ll have several reporters there to gather news and notes for you from the afternoon video sessions. The players’ interviews don’t start until 2 p.m. on Sunday, and the coaches’ interviews begin at 2 p.m. on Monday. We’ve got you covered.
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