GREENSBORO, NC -- Welcome to the 2013 college football season.
It sure feels like it's close from our vantage point at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., where all 14 Atlantic Coast Conference teams are represented at the ACC Football Kickoff. Syracuse (Atlantic Division) and Pittsburgh (Miami's Coastal Division) are the new ACC members this season, with Louisville coming on board next season.
For those who forgot, UM plays at Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale the day after Thanksgiving, on Friday, Nov. 29th. Brrrr.
Today, Miami quarterback Stephen Morris and defensive end Shayon Green meet us at 1:30 p.m. -- along with players from Boston College, North Carolina and Wake Forest.
Clemson, Duke, and UVA players speak from 2:29 to 3:39 p.m.
FSU, Maryland, Pitt and Syracuse players speak from 3:50 to 5 p.m.
And Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and NC State players speak from 4:40 to 6 p.m.
Coaches speak tomorrow, with UM coach Al Golden slated for 2:59 to 4:09 p.m.
I already chatted briefly with Stephen (who is getting plenty of exposure) and Shayon (who will be relied on to help carry the defense), and they're refreshed and ready for their final seasons.
We'll hear ACC Commissioner John Swofford today, as well.
FYI, there are seven QBs, six defensive linemen, four wide receivers, four defensive backs, three offensive linemen and four linebackers repping their teams.
Be back later.
Enjoy your Sunday.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN