July 23, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien talks to reporters during the ACC media day at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE
Notes from day two of the ACC football media event...
"I'd be really surprised if David Amerson is back after another year," O'Brien said.
As a veteran like TOB is well aware, the hedging-branch of coachspeak extends but so far, which is why he's totally honest here. Back in May, Mel Kiper ranked Amerson at No. 5 on his super early 2013 big board, and Todd McShay had Amerson in the top 15. There is no chance we see David Amerson in an NC State uniform in 2013 unless something goes horribly wrong.
-- Sports Illustrated's Holly Anderson provided the best moment of the day, though it completely escaped Randy Edsall.
Randy Edsall just gave like a three minute impassioned speech that I tried to get him to sum up as "haters gonna hate" but he didn't get it.— Holly (@Nastinchka) July 23, 2012
-- Chick-fil-A Bowl president Gary Stokan would appreciate it if NC State could sell a few more tickets, because he respects the NC State vs. Tennessee matchup so much that he moved it from Saturday to Friday.
According to Stokan, Tennesse, NC State’s opponent for the season opener in Atlanta, has sold 26,000 of their 31,500 allotted seats. NC State has sold just 15,000.
This crap doesn't do the least bit of good. I was planning on stretching out in the Georgia Dome during the game, but now that Stokan's gone and tossed out this bulletin board material, my comfort is in jeopardy. It's a damned outrage. Want to see something hilarious, by the way?
Travel rep, y'all "@joeovies: Chick-Fil-A Bowl CEO Gary Stokan not happy with NC State fans. Kickoff Game sales for the Wolfpack soft."— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) July 23, 2012
-- Here are TOB's comments on the program-crippling sanctions handed down from the NCAA to Penn State.
-- Here is some behind-the-scenes video footage of TOB's media day experience, courtesy of GoPack.com.
-- It doesn't matter that Tennessee hasn't been very competitive in the SEC over the last half decade--the season-opener is still crucial to the ACC's perception. New strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond has made certain the players are aware of the task at hand.
When redshirt senior Earl Wolff entered N.C. State's weight room on the first day of summer workouts, he spotted a Tennessee helmet at new strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond's desk.
Consider it a not-so-subtle reminder that the Wolfpack opens its season against the Volunteers on Aug. 31 in Atlanta.
"He came in," Wolff said of Edmond, "and he was like, 'Everybody, I'm going to keep this right here every day. I want it to motivate us every day that we walk in to beat Tennessee.' "