FSU, Atlantic Division rivals take center stage at ACC Kickoff

Ira Schoffel, Managing Editor

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Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Although the media and some team representatives started arriving here at The Westin in downtown Charlotte on Wednesday, the Florida State contingent isn't expected to arrive for ACC Kickoff until Thursday morning.

And once they get here, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher, All-America safety Derwin James and quarterback Deondre Francois will spend the entire day shuffling between interviews with print media, electronic media and sports talk shows, while also participating in various promotional pieces for ESPN and other league partners.

* On the Tribal Council: Live Updates from ACC Kickoff

The first official order of business this morning will be the Commissioner's Forum, during which longtime ACC Commissioner John Swofford will give his state-of-the conference speech and take questions from the media. That begins at 10 a.m.

Shortly after that, players from FSU and other Atlantic Division schools will begin taking part in a variety of interviews. The Seminoles' players and Coach Fisher are expected to meet with most of the media shortly after 1 p.m. The Coastal Division's players and coaches will meet with the media on Friday.

Also during the event, reporters will vote on the preseason All-ACC team and pick the order of finish for each division and the overall conference race.

There also will be an officiating forum, during which the ACC's head of football officials will explain rules changes and answer questions about calls of interest from last season.

For complete, up-to-the minute coverage of ACC Kickoff, check out our Live Updates thread on the Tribal Council.


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