The 2018 ACC Kickoff will get started on Wednesday morning as ACC coaches, players, and media members come together for the annual two day event.
It’s that time of the year, it’s time for college football conferences to have their media days which for some is the unofficial start of the 2018 college football season. The Big 12 and SEC already had their media days and now it’s the ACC’s turn as the Atlantic Coastal Conference will begin theirs on Wednesday morning in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Over the next two days, all 14 ACC coaches will speak along with 28 players (two players per program). On Wednesday, the Coastal Division will be in the spotlight while the Atlantic Division will get it’s turn on Thursday. Fans interested in watching the ACC Kickoff can catch it on ESPNU as well as Watch ESPN.
Coaches Press Conferences:
All seven of the ACC Coastal Division will speak on Wednesday to the media in the following order per the ACC Kickoff’s official site;
- 11:45 am -12:15 pm: Larry Fedora – North Carolina
- 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Paul Johnson – Georgia Tech
- 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm: Bronco Mendenhall – Virginia
- 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: David Cutcliffe – Duke
- 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Pat Narduzzi – Pittsburgh
- 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Justin Fuente – Virginia Tech
- 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Mark Richt – Miami
While coaches won’t let much out of the bag during media days, they’ll give a general sense of where each respective program is and what their expectations are heading into the 2018 season.
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Other Scheduled Georgia Tech activities:
Outside of his press conference, Paul Johnson will be a busy man on Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets head coach is scheduled to do at least five network interviews on Wednesday as well as spending an hour on radio row. For those interested, Johnson’s interviews with the various networks are at the following times (may not air at that time) according to a schedule given out by the ACC:
- ESPN / ESPN Gameday: 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm / 10:00 am – 10:30 am
- ACC Network: 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
- CBS Sports: 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
- FOX RSN: 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
- Radio Row: 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm / 3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
What to watch for:
Affects of Gambling on College Football:
With the newest gambling rulings this summer, college football’s way of reporting injuries could be changing sooner than later as it’s likely the NCAA will most likely implement a uniformed injury report rule in the upcoming months. For some college coaches, this may come as an inconvenience as coaches like to keep injuries on the down low to keep at least some advantage over their opponents when it comes to preparation. ACC Commissioner John Swofford will without a doubt be asked about it and his answer alone will be worth knowing. That being said, it wouldn’t be shocked to hear most if not all coaches asked about the possible change.
Coaching staffs haven’t had a ton of time with the freshman so far this summer but have gotten to talk with players a bit when allowed and obviously see the players around the facilities on a daily basis. That being said, it will be interesting to hear which freshman are currently standing out to Paul Johnson.
Nate Woody and the new defense:
The Yellow Jackets will have a new look defense come this fall and while we haven’t seen it since the spring game, it would be worth hearing Paul Johnson’s thoughts on where the defense stands heading into fall camp and his expectations of the defense going forward.
Yellow Jacked Up Coverage:
Here at Yellow Jacked Up, we will try to cover the ACC Kickoff the best we can on Wednesday and Thursday providing updates on Twitter as well as recap article on Friday covering everything for every team!