GREENSBORO, N.C. — How does a football team in athletic-conference limbo handle its final season as a member of a league that has already begun moving on without it?
"Like any other year."
That's what Maryland coach Randy Edsall said, at least.
As he enters his third year in College Park and his last as an Atlantic Coast Conference coach, Edsall wants it known that his staff still very much feels like it is part of the conference their school helped establish 60 years ago.
"My job is to coach my football team," Edsall said Monday at the ACC Kickoff. "We're in the ACC, we're very happy to be in the ACC here in 2013 and guess what? We're going to play hard and get after it and prepare as best we can to win every game that we can play."
Next summer, Maryland will move to the Big Ten in all sports, joining Rutgers. As the Terps leave the ACC, Louisville will come in, taking their spot.
The picks are in
Maryland was picked to finish fifth in the ACC's Atlantic Division in Monday's media balloting. The Terps, who finished fifth in the division last season, are predicted to finish behind Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. Syracuse is picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic and Boston College seventh in the Atlantic.
Clemson was the landslide pick to win the ACC championship with 95 of the 120 first-place votes.
Miami was picked to win the Coastal Division but received just three votes win the ACC title. Florida State got 15 votes to win the conference title. Georgia Tech and North Carolina each received three votes to win the conference title, with Virginia Tech getting one.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd received 105 of the 120 votes for Player of the Year honors. Miami running back Duke Johnson was a distant second with four votes.
No Maryland players received votes for Player of the Year.
Coley to call plays for Miami
In Tallahassee, some viewed it as an unforgiveable sin.
At the end of Florida State's busy January, one of the school's own — one of its beloved, degree-holding sons — turned his back on the university in favor of taking up residence in so-called enemy territory.
With his career and family at the forefront of his mind, James Coley left the Seminoles for Miami.
In name only, Coley was the Seminoles' offensive coordinator three of the last five seasons. Specifically, he coached tight ends, helped set up game plans for the offense and recruited South Florida. Despite holding the title of head offensive assistant, he never actually called plays.
So he went somewhere where he could.
"All the writing and sound bytes that come with somebody going from Florida State to Miami, that's great," Miami head coach Al Golden said. "But James grew up in Miami. His wife is from here. He's happy. He's home. He's excited and we're excited to have him."
Coley, a five-year assistant at Florida State, took the Hurricanes' coordinator job after Jedd Fisch left Miami for a similar position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. When Coley left, some Seminole fans felt insulted.
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said he felt otherwise.
"I still consider him a great friend," Fisher said, adding that he detected no awkward vibes in this new chapter of their 10-year relationship.
"You wanted James to stay, but he wanted to call plays. He wanted to do those kind of things," Fisher added. "For guys to have advancement and to grow in this business, that's not awkward at all."
FSU's Deckerhoff honored
Longtime Florida State broadcaster Gene Deckerhoff will receive the Chris Schenkel Award, which is presented by the National Football Foundation for having a "distinguished career in broadcasting."
This fall will mark Deckerhoff's 35th season calling Florida State football games. Later this year, he will begin his 39th season calling Seminoles men's basketball games.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun