UPDATE 7:10 P.M. Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas:
ON LAST YEAR:
“Last year I think it was just leadership and lack of dedication. I don’t think we brought enough energy, want-to to the practice field every day. I think everybody just got comfortable with what we were doing, and we just needed to shake it up.”
ON BEING GROUCHIER:
“I’ve started it from the end of last year. I’m not letting people slack off, cutting corners, anything like that, because that’s what develops bad habits.”
MORE ON BEING GROUCHIER:
“I really haven’t held my tongue much lately. Y’all probably see I’m not all smiles and stuff like I used to be. I’m kind of on a mission to one thing, and that’s to be better and win games, to be the best team we can possibly be.”
ON WHEN HE STARTED BEING GROUCHIER:
“It’s kind of been growing throughout my career here. I guess it kind of hit me at the end of last year. I think that’s the big thing for the swing towards the end of the season, how we started to come together and play with so much heart. We put all in and I wasn’t afraid to say anything.”
ON WHO’S BEING GROUCHIER:
“It’s kind of been everybody who’s being vocal now. Everybody is wanting one thing in particular, and everybody’s striving for perfection.”
UPDATE, 6:34 P.M. Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner, on probable quarterback Jameis Winston succeeding as a redshirt freshman:
“You want to talk about a freshman? Let’s talk about Johnny Football. So if he can do it…Jameis Winston, I believe he can do it.”
“It’s different from what I’m used to seeing. It took me by surprise. You’ve got some quarterbacks who are mobile and just like to show it during the game; Jameis is out there battling like a running back or a wide receiver out there, talking smack, like ‘I’m not scared of you.’ It’s like, OK, you’re talkin’ a little too much trash. But when he’s doing it over and over against guys that you know can be great, it’s like, let him talk all he wants. He’s backing it up. You’ve got to support that. We need that.”
UPDATE, 6:02 P.M. Maryland might not miss the ACC in football, but the Terps are definitely going to miss the hoops rivalries.
Even the football players.
“Oh, yeah, for sure, man,” Terps defensive back Dexter McDougle says. “Duke-freakin’-Maryland basketball games, man? You can’t replace those type of rivalries, man. I’m hoping somehow, some way they’ll schedule a game where it still happens, but that tradition, man, just going to those games, seeing everybody camping out for stuff like that, I’m gonna miss that. I’m definitely gonna miss that. I’m just hoping somehow some way they’ll get it to work…I have some great memories with those games.”
McDougle said he doesn’t have any special football seats for the games. He frolics with the people.
“I’m in the student section. I’m jumping around with them getting crazy. Those games are wild, man. Those are games that you want to be a part of. I don’t want to be sitting down in my chair just watching. I want to be out there with the rest of my friends and stuff. It’s always fun to jump around and be part of it.”
UPDATE 3:36 P.M. Boston College linebacker Steele Divitto (great name, by the way), on one word to describe new Eagles coach Steve Addazio:
“Passionate. I’ll give you a bunch of words: Passionate, energetic, enthusiastic, caring. He comes in with the same attitude every single day. There’s not a day that he’s down. Every single day, he’s the same guy day in and day out. You really appreciate that because you want to feed off that energy as well. He gets the guys going. He understands that it’s tough being a college athlete, so he makes it the best experience that he can.”
UPDATE 3:20 P.M. Virginia senior defensive end Jake Snyder, on the Cavaliers facing BYU (Aug. 31) and Oregon (Sept. 7) right out of the chute:
“The day that schedule came out, we were all in the weight room. I remember everyone was fired up. There was a little extra energy in the weight room that day, a little extra spunk in the lift, because we do want the best teams coming in here. We’ve got eight home games, and we’ve got some very good teams coming to Charlottesville. That’s an exciting opportunity every time you get a chance to play a top-10, even a top-25 team for that matter. It’s an exciting opportunity…We know every game is a winnable game and we’re going to approach it that way.”
The Cavs finished 4-8, 2-6 last season but do have seven starters back on each side of the ball.
UPDATE 1:20 P.M. Swofford’s address in a nutshell: The ACC can beat up Chuck Norris.
Nah, he gave the usual facts and figures that bolster the league’s rep (Did you know: In 2030, the ACC projects that 55 percent of the U.S. population will be part of the ACC footprint.) I thought it was interesting that Swofford thinks the evaluation process for an ACC channel would take around three years — a similar amount of time to what the SEC needed.
Swofford reiterated his personal opinion (non necessarily shared by member schools) that scholarships should cover full cost of attendance.
He also said he thinks any NCAA punishment for Miami will be delivered before the season. “I’d be very disappointed if it’s not,” he said.
Players up next.
Gang’s all here in Greensboro for the ACC Football Kickoff. Already free shirt + good meal = I’m playing with house money for the rest of the weekend.
Actual non-eating/SWAG-receiving activities start at 12:30, when commissioner John Swofford will give his annual address on the state of the conference. Then two players from each ACC team will be available. Hokies sent Logan Thomas and Jack Tyler, but they get off the tee pretty late.
I’ll be posting some highlights here today and tomorrow. Andy also will be cranking some stuff at his blog here.