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.
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.
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.