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There they were, all shiny and arranged in neat stacks at the ACC football media conference. It's always fun – in a childlike way, I guess – to glimpse the upcoming season's ACC media guides for the first time.

You try to guess who will be on the cover. You give style points for the best-looking design.

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This year's guides feature such players as Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, whom the school is promoting as a Heisman candidate; Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis; and Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner.

But Maryland's media guide was nowhere to be seen -– the only ACC school without one. Instead, Maryland reproduced 41 pages of black-and-white text on regular copy paper with statistics and bios on key players. Absent were the school records, glossy cover and historical data we've grown accustomed to.

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Maryland said there will be no regular media guide printed this season . Instead, all the pertinent information will be available online. The school says it will improve the Web site and add more video.

It's the end of an era, friends.

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