<a name='edsall'></a>Coach Edsall is here!
Coach Edsall, what are the advantages of playing in a city like Washington D.C?
I think playing near DC is it helps you sell your university and sell opportunities for your student athletes once they graduate or while they are there. Also, from the stand point of when your players do have free time when you're 8 miles from the city, there are so many things to see. It's a tremendous advantage for our location and for our student athletes to explore what the nation's capital has to offer.
What is your biggest concern for the upcoming season, and what changes have you made in order to correct this?
The biggest concern you always have is staying injury free. The biggest concern I have is being able to develop enough depth to overcome some of the things that can happen during a season. One thing we've done to address that in the offseason is letting players know that there is a chance for them to get on the field and that we'll be playing as many players as we can to develop the depth and to get guys a break when they need one.
Coach Edsall, what differences do you see in the program going in to year three from year one?
The biggest difference is I think now we have created a atmosphere of the players really controlling the team. There is more leadership on our team. And now they understand the level of expectation we have. The players are holding themselves to a higher expectation personally and collectively, they're holding each other to a higher standard on the field, off and in the classroom.
Coach Edsall, what kind of emotion do you think you will carry going up and playing at Connecticut this year?
The one thing is we had a really good run at Connecticut. It was a special place for me and my family. We played them a year ago. I'm not too worried about myself, I'm just worried about getting the team ready to play. It will always be a special place for me, because of what we accomplished here. The people were always so nice to me and my family. My children grew up here. You have to block out all of the emotion for those four hours and focus on winning, which is most important to me.
How does it feel knowing that you aren't going to play most of these teams again in the ACC for a really long time?
As coaches and players, we have no control over really, who we're going to play or any of those things when our universities make decisions on what's in the best interest of the school. I'm sure down the road there will be ACC teams that we'll play in OOC games. Any time you play teams in the ACC they will be good teams that are well coached with good players.
Coach Edsall, how much freedom do you give with the use of social media with your players?
They have total freedom with social media, but there is education that goes with social media. We're always educating our players of the benefits and the problems that social media can create. We monitor what our players are doing on social media, so we can help them eliminate situations that could be very embarrassing to them, their family, the program, the school. It's part of our society. It's something that will be here forever. But the more that we can do in educating them in using social media to their benefit, that's part of our responsibility as being a coach and as a program.
Coach Edsall, how important is facilities and the upgrade to facilities in recruiting?
That's something that we know we have to upgrade and we're going to. We're in discussions and talks right now. We're putting together plans and renderings of new facilities. We know that for us to go and be on a competitive scale not only where we are in the ACC but moving forward to the Big Ten, we have to upgrade the facilities. We look forward to the continuing of that process and getting a shovel in the ground.
Coach Edsall,at what point in fall camp do you and the coaching staff have a good feel about what kind of team you will have?
That usually takes place probably about halfway through preseason practice. AS you know when you first start out, the first two days are helmets, then you get up to helmets and pads. Once we get through a scrimmage, we'll know who we are. We'll know how many freshmen you think can contribute. Probably around 15 practice opportunities. We'll have a good handle on the guys who will be performaing and how we can best use them. We'll get that squad in place and then see if anyone else improves to get out there as well.
Coach Edsall, how difficult is it to seperate your personal life and professional life? How do you balance the two?
That's always the tough part. What you do is you understand that the profession that you're in, in terms of time commitment that you make. What you have to be able to do is know when it's work time and when it's family time. When it's family time, you have to be devoted to your family. But starting Aug. 1, a lot of it is devoted to football. Saturday night after games, you have family time. Once you get through signing time, you have family time. When you get the family time, you have to make sure you're 100% devoted to your family.
Do you feel your team can win the ACC?
We have to stay healthy. We have to make sure that we don't beat ourselves. Offensively, we need to have balance and get the skill position players we have the chance to make plays. We have to be more consistent with our special teams. If we stay healthy, we give ourselves the best chance to make that realistic.
What is your favorite part about working and shaping young men?
The most rewarding part of what I do is the fact that you can bring in a young man into your program when he's 17, maybe 18 and work with him over four to five years and work to develop them wholistically. As players, people and students. Then after those years, when you see how much they've matured, grown and to see they have opportunities, based on their athletic ability, based on their character as people and who they are as students, to know that you played a small part in that development, that makes it special. Then to see young people put in the time and effort on the field and in training and to take the knowledge that you give them as coaches to see them have success on the field, seeing that smile and success after victories, that's not something that you see in other professions.
Coach Edsall, can you talk about the support you get from under armor and the publicity the program has gotten from the uniforms?
We have a tremendous partnership with Under Armor. Kevin is a former Maryland football player. They're wonderful to work with and their products are outstanding. How creative and innovative they are, in terms of giving our student athletes to perform at the highest level and give them the creative uniforms, that's something that we like. It's something the recruits take notice of. We're thankful and grateful for that partnership. It's something that we look forward to continuing. We'll see another new uniform this year as well.
Should we expect another set of new uniforms this season?
Only see one new set of uniforms. Then we'll worry about next year when the time comes. I think everybody will be really thrilled and excited and blown away when they see what we have this year.
I appreciate everybody out there today with their questions. I look forward to talking with you throughout the year. Go Terps!
Thanks for chatting coach!
Next up is Florida State's Jimbo Fisher at 10:35 a.m. ET!
<a name='fisher'></a>Here is coach!
Best thing you did during the summer offseason?
I went on a family trip to my son in Cooperstown. He played in a baseball tournament and then we went to New York City. We had a great time.
What do you think of the changes the conference will be facing over this year and next?
I think welcoming four possible new opponents so adjustments to new teams, new travel. It's new ground for everybody. And establishing a new hierarchy in the conference.
Who will you root for when Miami and Florida play this September?
I don't. I'm a neutral observer.
But it's also good for our conference if Miami does well.
Coach Fisher, With a veteran team but a young QB, how important is the new indoor practice facility to ensure there are no lapses due to weather? Go Noles!
It's very critical. One time in Tallahassee in the summer, it rained several days in a row. It's critical to the practice time.
Coach how important has Kidz First Fund been to raising awareness to your son's disease and the support your family has received due to the foundation?
It's been tremendous. The people are unbelievable. It's great for my son and all of the children. It's been a tremendous experience as far as meeting how many truly wonderful people there are in the world.
@Jimbo: What is your favorite game day food?
I don't have one. I really don't have one. We have our traditional pregame meal, so I guess that's it. There is not one food. I usually don't eat much. Too worried.
My question is for Jimbo Fisher. As someone who has worked under both Bobby Bowden & Nick Saban what have you learned from them that has so far helped you as a head coach in building your program at FSU?
A lot of things from philosophies, how to handle media, football. But the biggest thing I learned is to be yourself. You can't be someone you're not. You have to be yourself.
Coach Fisher, what kinds of things do you try to learn and teach to your players from losses like the NC State game last year? Are all losses equal in your eyes?
You always learn from your mistakes. No one loss hurts more than another. Those are the ones that you always remember. Every game you learn from, whether you're successful or not. You don't dwell on them.
Coach Fisher, how much freedom do you give your players with using social media?
In the offseason, if they handle it right, a lot. During the season, we restrict it more. But it's all about how they handle themselves in respect to the institution.
Coach Fisher: any uniform related surprises on the horizon?
If I tell you, it won't be a surprise.
Coach Fisher: with all the pressure that was on your program and this year being not hyped as high, can you speak on your teams approach changing from being the favorite to being the underdog, and what do you think of your chances in surprising UF in the swamp and Clemson in Death Valley this year?
It doesn't change at all. Our expectations never change for our program.
Coach Fisher, what is one thing about recruiting today that causes you concern?
I think that it is continually nonstop. There is never a down time. It's not good for coaches or players. It's gotten too media related.
A lot has been made about the loss of so many players to the NFL, but with so many under classmen returning, who are you looking to take the next step as both a leader and playmaker on D? And offesnse?
We're very excited about our defense. We have a tremendous amount of experience on the defense. Timmy, Dan, Mario, Dante. Tyler....so many of those great young players we'll count on.
Coach Fisher, I grew up up in Florida having all my family before me attend FSU. As you are aware you are born into a team down there and raised to dislike Miami, and UF. I have been a US Marine for the last 19 years and deployed or not I find a way to follow Nole football. If I were able to get to Tallahassee for a home game which one would recommend that I buy tickets for?
I would say Miami would be a good one. If you want to see coach Bowden, it would be NC State...and Syracuse too, I think. But Miami is always a big game.
Coach Fisher, what are the advantages and disadvantages of coaching after a legend like Bobby Bowden?
Advantages is that we had a great brand name that we could sell. The disadvantages is the style of coaching has changed drastically in the present and sometimes folks haven't been able to change quickly. It was an issue getting that done early.
Hey coach Fisher. Huge fan! Are you more excited this year with the potential of the team then any other year? PS. Lets grab a drink when were national champs this year at Level 8! GO Noles!
I've been excited a lot of years, but I like our team now. I think we have a chance to be a very very good football team. It's no more than the others, but this one excites me very much.
With Kourtzidis departing, this leaves FSU with only 2 scholarship TE's O'Leary & Kerr. How does this effect the offense moving forward?
We'll have to make some adjustments, but we had a plan coming in to have some guys have dual roles. That won't change, but it's an issue that has to be addressed.
How excited are you to have Notre Dame in the fold for ACC play?
I think it's great. Notre Dame brings great brand name and national attention. Any time you have that it's great for the league. Any time FSU and ND play you have two great brand names.
Coach Fisher, some programs seemed to be closed off to the media but your program is open to the media.What are the advantages of opening up to the media?
It's just the day and times we're in. You have to walk a fine line. It's in these guys development and handling of the media. If conducted in the right way, then having an open policy is good.
Looking forward to the season. Thanks for all of your support.
<a name='addazio'></a>Next up is Boston College's Steve Addazio!
Coach is here!
Coach, how does it feel to not be the only one in the conference with ties to Connecticut?
Great. Connecticut is a great state and it's always great to see people from the state doing well.
Are there any game day traditions that you started once you took over as head coach?
That's something we're constantly talking about, the gameday experience for our fans. How we approach gameday as a team, we have a routine, it's unique and different. Our players will embrace that. The new traditions, that's something we'll talk about every day and looking forward to.
Coach Addazio - Alumni Stadium is a beautiful venue, but it's not always filled to capacity. Aside from winning, how can you get fans interested in this team?
I think that gameday has to be fun, exciting. We have to engage the fans more. I have to do a good job of getting out with the alumni, the media and branding the program that we'll have. That goes hand in hand with winning. The great tradtion and fans we have in the area, I think it will come together well.
Coach, you are a VERY energetic guy, which BC needed after the previous years to get passion back into the program, what do you do to relax?
I enjoy being at the beach in Cape Cod in the summer. That and being around my family and friends is how I relax.
Hey Coach Addazio,A lot of writers are picking Boston College to finish near the back of the ACC. What do you have to say to that?
What I tell the players is we're picked where we should be picked coming off a two win year. It's up to us to establish the 2013 team. If you're a competitor, those things bother you. But we have to go do the things we have to do to change it.
Coach Addazio, describe what a successful first season at the helm at Boston College would look like for you? Will Boston College football participate in a bowl game this year?
Our team goals are win the opener and find a way to get bowl eligible. That's what we're saying to our own team.
Coach Addazio, there has been two tragedies since you been at BC.the Boston Marathon Bombing and also the story of Aaron Hernandez.How has each effected you personally?
All of those events are tragic and your heart goes out to everyone involved. But we have a season to play a season to play and a program to build, so our focus is on BC football right now.
Coach, how is the running back situation looking? And do you like to have one feature back or more of a stable of running backs approach?
Our featured back is Andre Williams. He's had a great spring and hopefully he'll have a great preseason and be healthy. If you want to run the football well, you need more than one RB. I'm confident you'll see more than one in the game.
What would you say the strength of this year's team is? What would be the weakness?
A strength would be the fact that we have a veteran QB. We have a OL that looks like it will become a very good OL. On defense we have several returning players. They'll be in a new scheme, but it will allow them to be aggressive. Our weaknesses are that we have a real lack of depth so injuries could create a lot of havoc.
Hey Coach Addazio,What goes into #BeingADude everyday? Like is there a special drink, aftershave, etc?
#BeADude is a mindset to be the best at what you are. The mindset at BC is be the best you can be every day.
Mr. Addazio, Chase Rettig is much more of a passer than is typical of the very run-inclined offenses your teams have played in the past. Which type of offense we should expect come fall?
The offense that we'll run is an offense that will match our talents. You'll see a real mix of 50-50 of run and pass to utilize our whole team's talents. Chase is not running QB so there won't be a lot of that in the offense.
Will you be doing anything to engage with the student body?
It's something that we've been talking about with the administration. We're trying to plan some activities to be engaged with the student body. I think that's very importnat.
Coach, how will last season's recruits help the future of BC football?
Obviously, every recruiting class is so vital. This is one that will replace a pretty significant senior class and really have a lot to do with the future success of the program.
Is Chase Rettig a top ACC QB?
I think he ranks right up there with the top QBs in the conference. The best way to help him is to give him a balanced offense. Not relying on just having him drop back and pass the football.
You've honestly been more open to the media than your predecessor as evidenced literally by this chat. Do you think there is an advantage to being more open?
Yeah, I think I believe in being transparent. I want people to think they're a part of the program. I think people get more energized when they feel like they have access to the program.
Coach, any updates on a potential practice facility for the football team? Do we need this to keep up with our competition?
I know that Brad Bates, our AD and our administration is working on all kinds of possibilities as we speak and making sure that we have great facilities for all of our student athletes.
As a former offensive line coach/player, what is the single biggest problem you have to fix with players when they first come to college? What specifics do you look for in a offensive line recruit that differs (if at all) from other positions ?
Traditionally, it's in pass protection. I think it's the hardest thing for high school OL as they adapt is the multiplicity of protections, technique and the speed of the players coming at him.
I've heard that the defense will have a more attack minded approach this year. How is that shaping up and how are the defensive backs adopting this approach as opposed to the Spaziani cushion?
We're going to find out. Obviously, the more pressure you bring, you more stress you put on the secondary, but we feel like we need to be disruptive. We'll continue with that. We'll have to keep developing the man coverage. It's a challenge.
How was your assessment of the team after spring practice, any areas that were a surprise to you? Good or bad
I was really pleased with the play of Chase and Andre. I thought our OL came a long way. I feel like we have LBs that can make plays and we're developing along the DL. The alarming area is our depth.
Do you perceive BC's academic standing as a University being too high a hurdle to clear when recruiting the top talent as the past two coaches always proclaimed?
No. I think it's great. I think it means that you'll be really attractive to those that want to excel in their education. And those are the guys that we want to bring around.
I can't wait for the start of the season. I hope everyone gets out to the games. I hope we make the Alumni Stadium a loud, fun place to spend your Friday night or Saturdays.
<a name='grobe'></a>Next up, we'll have Wake Forest's Jim Grobe at noon ET!
I just heard coach Grobe just joined Twitter this morning. How fun is that?
Here is coach!
What do you think of the changes the conference will go through this season and next?
I think it's great for the league. The teams that we've added will make it stronger. It makes my job tougher, but for the ACC we've finally developed some stability and it's great for the conference going forward.
Coach Grobe, heard you joined Twitter this morning and speaking of social media.how much freedom do you give the players when using social media?
We've always given the players the freedom to be on it. We just hope that they act responsibly. We're always doing things that are positive to reflect on our team. We've never had rules against it.
Coach Grobe, ACC commissioner John Swofford said the league is considering playing some football games in Europe. Would you be interested to get your team to the old continent? (sorry if my english is not perfect)
I would love to do something like that. I think it would be exciting for our school, fans and players. But I hope it gets plugged in when we're playing an away game. I wouldn't want to take away a home game.
Coach, I heard you just joined Twitter this morning...how do you think that will help you as a coach or the program?
I think it will be fun. I think the one thing that you're always trying to do is get in front of recruits. I think it will be fun for me and the fans. It will give us one more way to get in front of the recruiting base.
Coach Grobe,how important is senior leadership to this program?
It's critical. I think one of the issues that we've had in the past few years is some of our seniors didn't contribute as much as we needed them on the field. I think this is a senior class where most of the seniors should either start or either play a lot of snaps on Saturday. It's always good for senior leadership and to have seniors actually contribute every week.
Do you plan on following your players on Twitter to make sure they're behaving?
Well, our sports information office follows all of the kids on social media, so we're constantly checking to see what's going out. I'm sure that I'll check up on them from time to time. We have lots of eyes on what's going on in social media.
Coach barring any significant injuries, how well do you see the team doing this year?
I think we've got a good football team. I thought we did last year too, but we got derailed by some injuries and behavior issues. I think this is a good team.
When will Wake's true offense be revealed? Against Presbyterian or Boston College?
We feel like that the Presbyterian will be a really big game for us. We'll do everything we can to win that game. That's our only focus right now.
Coach Grobe, in what ways do you stress the importance of academics to your team?
That's second, as far as how we approach our players, to character. We want our players to be good citizens off the field and then we want to be good people in the classroom. If it doesn't start with that, you can have problems. We want good players, but if they're not eligible to play, that doesn't help. We always talk to our players about being good characters and then good in the classroom.
how much do you plan on putting out tweets?
I'm not really sure. We're going to try and stay in touch. So, I would think that now we're back from all of the traveling that we've been doing this summer that it will be pretty regular.
Coach Grobe, What are your thoughts on playing a Friday night game this year? Do you worry about high school recruits not getting to see the game?
I think you're always concerned if your game conflicts with the recruits ability to see you. But I think there have been enough Friday night games now that it's not unusual anymore. Any time we've gotten the opportunity to play on ESPN and get out in front of the country and show the people Wake Forest, it's a good thing.
I like the idea that we're opening with Presbyterian on Thursday night, so it gives us a chance to have the normal week's preparation on Friday night.
Coach Grobe, what do you find as advantages that a school as small as Wake Forest can bring?
I think the size of our school is appealing to a lot of the recruits esepcially the parents. It's a great environment, when your players have students as friends, as well as other players. It's nice when so many of your classmates are on a first name basis. I think it's a great educational experience when some of your life long friends will be other students and not just your teammates.
Is Orville Reynolds going to be the starting running back with Josh Harris out?
We've actually thought about using Orville some at RB, if some of the other RBs don't pan out.
But right now, we feel good about leaving Orville in the slot. We've actually thought about having some personnel groups where we have two slots on the field at the same time.
Coach Grobe, with some ACC teams located in big cities with a big media following them, how hard is it to get the "Wake Forest Brand" out through the media?
I think it's a little bit tougher, probably, than it would be in a bigger market. But you do get some coverage, you probably don't get it as regularly as some others. You have so many teams to compete with in the state that it makes it harder for the outlets to cover everybody as much as they'd probably like to.
You win the coin toss your first game: Do you elect to receive or defend?
That's always a great question. Probably more than anything else, it will depend on weather conditions, especially the wind.
Jim, great of you to do this. WFU Alum here; looking for you to work some of the magic we have been lucky enough to see from you for many years. How excited are you for the start of the season, despite the preseason predictions? I've seen you beat the naysayers before!
This is a seaon that I've probably looked forward to as much as any in my coaching career. I think we all have a bad taste in our mouth from last season and we're anxious to get started. I really don't spend too much time thinking about preseason predictions, but I do feel like this is a team that can win a bunch of games.
What are your expectations for Michael Campanaro this season? Can you provide some color on what other wide receivers you expect to make real contributions this season?
We're going to try and ride Mike as much as we possibly can. Obviously, we're going to throw him the football as much as possible, but we're also going to try and get him involved in the running game. I think the key for us is we'll try to get the ball into his hands several times a game.
Coach Grobe, in the past, you have had opportunities to go and coach at other programs, why have you chose to stay at WF each time?
I've had some opportunities to go to so-called bigger programs, but my main motivation for staying has been our players. I think it always starts with the players and then I have a president and AD that I trust completely. I think our staff and families are happy here. So, even though the job is very challenging in the ACC, it's a place that I've come to love.
Coach Grobe, You have a very interesting match-up this season with UL-Monroe - a very competitive squad that beat Arkansas last year. What are your thoughts on that game, and how did that series come to be?
When the ACC went back from nine games to eight, we lost an opportunity to play Rice. They were on our schedule. They had already scheduled another team. We were scrambling a little bit to find a replacement. Honestly, LA-Monroe is a little more than I was looking for. They're a bowl team from last year. They have a returning QB who had a great season. And Coach has told me that most of their starters are back from last year. We're in for a tough game.
coach, will you have josh harris this season?
Right now, honestly, we're not sure. There is a possibility that we'll have him, but we're waiting on a decision from the NCAA and his eligibility.
will it be you tweeting out on your account, or will you have someone doing that yourself?
It will be me, with some help.
It's a little new to me, but I'm excited about the opportunity.
What do you have to do to beat Louisiana Monroe sept.14th?
I think games like that are often decided by turnovers and special teams play. I think our first priority will be to try and take care of the football offensively. Hopefully we'll play really sound football in the kicking game.
What would be considered a successful season in your eyes? A bowl berth? ACC Championship?
I think our first priority each year is to have an opportunity to play in a bowl game. Obviously, getting into the ACC championship game and getting back to the Orange Bowl would be the ultimate goal.
Excited to get started. Can't wait!
<a name='beamer'></a>Next up is Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer!
Coach Beamer is walking over right now for the chat! Get those questions in!
Are you players relishing the opportunity of being the underdog going into the Alabama game? The Hokies always seem to play better when they have a chip on their shoulder.
I think our preparation will be as good as it can be. Our players and coaches understand that it will take a great performance to beat Alabama, the best team in the country. The energy is up there when you play the best. It will take great preparation and great play.
Coach Beamer, what are some of the things you and the team has learned from last year?
I think the biggest one is it's hard to win every Saturday. You know that, but being the only team in the country to win at least 10 eight straight years, it's hard to do that. The other side is you better be ready to play your best each and every week. Every quarter, every week, every minute. There's a thin line to being 4-6 and having to win your last three to have a winning season.
Coach Beamer, Do you think that having your entire coaching staff being replaced will have an effect on the players?
It's a change. That's purely my motivation. The coaches I had were good, the coaches I have are good. But we needed change at VT. I've been impressed with my guys. They're extremely knowledgeable. It was one of those things where I thought something needed to change.
ACC commissioner John Swofford said the league is considering playing football games in Europe. Are you interested to come with your team in the old continent?
Absolutely. Any time you have an opportunity for your players to see new countries, new surroundings, new situations, you have to take advantage.
How confident are you in Logan Thomas?
I'm extremely confident in Logan. The pieces around Logan need to be more consistent. That's the challenge now to get those parts.
Coach Beamer, how much freedom do you give to the players with social media?
We give them freedom, but we try to educate them. Make sure that you're representing yourself, your team and teammates the way you want to. Once you put words out there, they're not coming back.
Coach Beamer, how do you manage expectations every year? Compared to when you started, it's unbelievable to think that a 10-win season has been the standard by which your team is judged. How would you describe a successful season this year?
It's certainly different, but it's different in a good way. I like it that our fans have an opportunity to have high expectations. To expect success. To emotionally get involved with the team and try to do its part to help us win football games (showing up on Saturday and being loud). I'm proud to represent a program that does have high expectations.
Will Logan Thomas be calling his own audibles?
Yeah, we've got audibles. Any time you're talking about a QB and one that's capable, you want to get into good plays and out of bad plays. Without a good audible system, that's not possible. He's able to handle that and we'll rely on him.
VT will likely have three QBs in the NFL next year, all homegrown in the state of Virginia. How important is it to keep big QB prospects in-state?
Absolutely important. Virginia has had a great run of QBs. EJ Manuel. Boyd. Last year, NC State with Glennon. We're always have had great QBs in the state. To be successful you have to have a great QB and we're fortunate to have had our share, including Logan Thomas.
Fall practise schedule shows no two a days, but you have a practice nearly everyday. Can you comment on your training philosophy with your team?
My philosophy changed on that about 4-5 years ago. We only practice one time a day. My message to the kids is to make it a great practice. When you get into 2 a days. I'm a great believer of watching your past practice and learn. When you do a lot of installing early in practice. Then you're trying to watch the video of the last practice and get ready for the next. It seemed like it was always running together. I wanted to slow down and have an opportunity for success.
How excited is the team to be opening up against a team like Alabama?
There aren't many times that you play the best team in the country. Most talented. Extremely well coached. We understand what challenge it will be and the preparation.
Coach Beamer, how are you going to replace Alonzo Tweedy at gunner? He's the best I've ever seen.
I think he is the best I've ever seen. He had a great knack. Hopefully it will get him a spot on the Giants football team. A lot of times you look at freshmen for a job like that. We'll see who we got in camp, but definitely a hard guy to replace.
Coach Beamer, how well have the new coaches integrated with the rest of the coaching staff? Do you feel that there is cohesion there?
Absolutely. They've blended in with our staff. It's all be cooperation between offense, defense, special teams. I feel good about that part of it.
Right now where is the ACC in terms of a national championship caliber team?
I think the ACC gets stronger every year. I think competition makes everyone better. I think it's a matter of time before an ACC team wins a national championship. You have to do it on the field. SC-UNC, Clemson-Georgia, us and Alabama, Virginia-Oregon. We've got to win our share of those games. That's the first step.
what do you thikn of all the new changes?
I think it's great. It's great for the teams coming in and great for the teams that have been here. We've stabilized our conference with some strong teams. I still think there's a chance to go to 5, 16-team conferences and if it does, we're in great position.
Coach, how do you see the runningback situation developing over the course of the spring/summer after the recent setback?
I think it needs to be a couple of guys. Allowing each of them to stay fresh, but not getting out of the flow of the game. We need to get it down to two and ride it.
Coach Beamer, what kind of emphasis are you and the staff placing toward the Special Teams unit going into camp, in hopes of returning the Hokies to its prominent "Beamer Ball" days?
Last year we were ninth in the country in punts and 12th in kickoffs. We've had some success. Where we haven't had success is in blocking kicks to change momentum. The shield formation makes it easier to return kicks, but harder to block. And blocking field goals is something we'll also stress hard in the preseason.
Which other head coach in the ACC are you closest to?
The ACC coaches get along fine. Nike gives us a chance to talk to other coaches as they take about 30 coaches and their wives on a trip every year. We talk at various ACC functions. We have an excellent group of coaches and we get along fine.
I very much appreciate our fans at Virginia Tch. You're part of the process. Looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta.
Thanks so much to all of the ACC coaches that stopped by today and Monday to chat! Good luck to all of them this season!